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The Shamer's Daughter II: The Serpent Gift (Skammerens datter II: Slangens gave)

Movie review by
Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media
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Disappointing fantasy sequel maintains violence; less gore.
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 103 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Themes include courage and forgiveness. There are always two sides to every story. A child disobeys their parent but with good intentions. A father's abandonment of his child is explored.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dina remains a positive role model. She again shows bravery and courage in her quest to free her brother and friend. She ignores her mother's wishes, but her reasons for doing so are admirable. Dina's father, Sezuan, uses his supernatural powers for immoral gains, but he too shows bravery. Nico continues his transformation from drunken layabout to courageous hero.

Violence

Not as gory as the first movie, but still plenty of violence and scares. Prisoners are whipped, fed to dragons, placed in isolation, and, in one instance, beaten to death (off camera). Character falls from a cliff but survives. Fires and explosions. Knives held to characters' throats. Character stabbed through the back; blood seen on the blade of the sword. Fights involve punching, kicking, and grappling. In one fight scene, an oar is hit over a character's head. A flashback shows the dead body of a child; later, that same child is seen wearing a blood-stained shirt. Characters shot dead with arrows. Character's head held above a hot stove.

Sex

Two characters briefly seen bare chested.

Language

One use of "damn" and "bastard."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine at a meal. Character referred to as a drunk. Song about drinking to excess.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Shamer's Daughter II: The Serpent Gift (Skammerens datter II: Slangens gave) is a Danish fantasy sequel based on Lene Kaaberbøl's series of young adult books. As with the first movie, it's violent, although less gory. Characters are killed -- some by swords and arrows, others by an aquatic dragon -- but blood is kept to a minimum, and much of the violence occurs off camera. Characters are in constant peril. Prisoners are whipped, and one is beaten to death, although we only see his body rather than the beating itself. Knives are held to characters' throats, and fights include punching, kicking, grappling, and the use of an oar as a weapon. There's an explosion in a castle, and a fire is started deliberately. Strong language is minimal but does include "damn" and "bastard." Magic is used for immoral gains, but Dina (Rebecca Emilie Sattrup) remains a strong female character who shows courage and empathy throughout. The abandonment of a child is explored, as is the idea that not everything can be clearly defined.

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What's the story?

THE SHAMER'S DAUGHTER II: THE SERPENT GIFT once again finds Dina (Rebecca Emilie Sattrup) up against evil Drakan (Mikkel Arendt) who, together with his mother, has taken control of Dunark. When Dina's friend Nico (Jakob Oftebro) and brother Davin (Allan Hyde) are imprisoned by Drakan's men, Dina joins her estranged father, Sezuan (Dejan Cukic), in a rescue attempt. Dina soon discovers that along with her gift of seeing what shames people the most, she has also inherited her father's ability to distort reality and affect people's behavior. With time running out for Nico and Davin, can Dina use her new power to save them -- and can she mend the relationship with her father along the way?

Is it any good?

While the first film in this Danish movie series, while predictable, was entertaining, this sequel can be quickly forgotten. Most of what made the first movie any good -- epic battles and character relationships -- has been swapped for a bland father-daughter road movie. Although many of the characters from the original return, they're largely sidelined. Drakan -- the charismatic villain from the first movie -- is played by a new actor who fails to capture the same menace. Another of the original film's strengths was the dynamic between Dina and Nico. But separating the two at the start of The Shamer's Daughter II: The Serpent Gift deprives us of a relationship we've already invested in.

Giving Dina additional supernatural powers also feels like a misstep. While her gift to shame people was intriguing, putting characters into a hypnotic daze by playing a magical flute fails to capture viewers' imagination in the same way. There are moments of genuine suspense, such as the introduction of an aquatic dragon; Nico and Davin's plight; and Drakan's assassin, Sarkan (Nicolas Bro). But what we end up with is a watered-down disappointment of a sequel, when we'd really have been happy with more of the same.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in The Shamer's Daughter II: The Serpent Gift. What are the consequences of the violence? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • Discuss the relationship between Dina and her father. What did you think to Sezuan's explanation as to why he abandoned Dina as a child? How would you have felt if you had been Dina?

  • How did this movie compare to the first? Are you fan of sequels? If so, what do you like about them? What are you favorite sequels?

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