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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters briefly seen bare chested.
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One use of "damn" and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine at a meal. Character referred to as a drunk. Song about drinking to excess.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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