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One way to take the allure out of this movie is to think of the dragon as what it really is - a really big lizard. Who the hell wants to see a movie called: "Reallybiglizardheart?" Besides, "Braveheart" comes out and wins an Oscar, the last thing you want to do is title your film "Anything-heart." If that isn't bad enough, there's actually a scene in the film where the dragonfighting knight, Bowen (Dennis Quaid), leads his men into battle. It looks a hell of a lot like a similar scene with Mel Gibson.

This film has some unfortunate similarities to a couple of other recent films. The first is "Robin Hood." Dennis Quaid tries to pull off this fake Irish accent that sounds like he's just had a shot of Novocain. Half way through the film the accent has disappeared and there's "Everybody's All American" standing in the fjords with a sword in his hand waiting for the flying Barney.

"Dragonheart" is also painfully reminiscent of "Twister." The main appeal of the movie is a special effect: in this case, an 18-foot-high, 43-foot-long dragon, Bowen names Draco (voice of Sean Connery). When the neatness of the dragon wears off, all that's left is an insultingly simplistic story that seems to be aimed at 8-year-olds because every time there's a development, one of the characters has to deliver a slow monologue like "we are going to the castle now to attack the king (David Thewlis) because he is a bad man," or "I am the dragon who gave away half his heart" or "This is my sword. When I slice your head off you will probably feel a bit of a sting."

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