"Dragon Kingdom" is a mythical fantasy film directed by Simon Wells. It stars Ross O’Hennessy, Ben Loyd-Holmes, Rebecca Dyson-Smith, Zara Phythian, Jessica-Jane Stafford, Jemma Moore and Mike Mitchell. The film is a fantasy-adventure quest demons and dragons.
To save their Kingdom from the Dark Lord’s army, a mighty and courageous legion of warriors must travel through the forbidden lands fighting the fearsome fire breathing monsters of The Dark Kingdom, a land that swallows all who enter, in order to rescue their King.
The story isn't anything new, a fantasy adventure in a world where strange creature, warrior races and dragons battle for the balance of good and evil. If there would have been spacecraft, and romance it could have been a Anne McCaffrey novel. "Dragon Kingdom' does tend to mirror storylines similar to "Eragon and Lord of the Rings".
The quality of acting is a coin toss. A lot of the characters are grandiose beings that naturally stand out as iconic personalities similar to ones in gaming scenarios. They require actors who can strattle the nuances of grandeur and finesse. A few cast members in "Dragon Kingdom" manage well enough but more times than not the characters are overdrawn and without substance. The inconsistency henders scene development.
The area that most attention seemed to be focused on was creature concept and development. There are a lot of highly conceptualized characters in "Dragon Kingdom". Almost as if there was a preproduction run through of D&D and WOW types. Most here are developed nicely, offering a bright side to the overall quality of the movie. One or two seemed subpar, still I liked the diversity.
The special effects were hit and miss. The biggest miss for me was the weird concept for dragon design and the cheap quality of the CGI. Beyond that everything looked as decent as the quality used on ABC's 'Once Upon A Time' and Syfy channel stuff. I think my biggest like goes to the female warrior cast in the story. They are reminiscent of the ancient Greek stories of theAmazonian race. Overall "Dragon Kingdom" was more of a miss for me. Still there is a indie fantasy audience for the movie. Check it out if you want but relinquish all expectations. (2.5/5)