Reign of Fire (2002, Movie) – 8/10 review

Matthew McConaughey: Van Zan
Christian Bale: Quinn
Izabella Scorupco: Alex
Gerard Butler: Creedy
Alice Krige: Karen Abercromby
Producer: Richard D. Zanuck
Producer: Lili Fini Zanuck
Producer: Gary Barber
Producer: Roger Birnbaum
Writer (Story): Gregg Chabot
Writer (Story): Kevin Peterka
Writer (Screenplay): Gregg Chabot
Writer (Screenplay): Kevin Peterka
Writer (Screenplay): Matt Greenberg
Director: Rob Bowman

Reign of Fire (2002)

After dragons return to and devastate the earth, small pockets of survivors try to scratch a meagre existence. One such pocket, led by Quinn, is about to receive a visit, however, from an American and his troops who are on their way to London to kill the bull dragon responsible for fertilizing the planet’s entire population.

8/10

Surprisingly, for an apocalyptical movie, this is a not-depressing but thrilling adventure with some spectacular dragon effects. Also, somewhat amazingly, this is the only dragon movie ever made that is any good at all (Dragonslayer is awful outside of the dragon and people don’t like it when you mention Pete’s Dragon). For that, I think I need to give it an extra star.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, mild swear words and strong melee violence, unpleasant scenes.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Pete’s Dragon (1977, Disney Movie) – 7/10

Helen Reddy: Nora
Jim Dale: Dr. Terminus
Mickey Rooney: Lampie
Red Buttons: Hoagy
Shelley Winters: Lena Gogan
Sean Marshall: Pete
Creator Elliott: Ken Anderson
Animation Director: Don Bluth
Animation Art Director: Ken Anderson
Writer (Screenplay): Malcolm Marmorstein
Writer (Original Story): Seton I. Miller
Writer (Original Story): S.S. Field
Producer: Ron Miller
Producer: Jerome Courtland
Director: Don Chaffey

Pete’s Dragon (1977)

Pete has an unusual friend – a green magic dragon called Elliott who breathes fire and can disappear and reappear at will.

7/10

Much-sniffed-at live-action / animated Disney movie which is fine entertainment, especially for youngsters. While the acting is a bit hit-and-miss and the movie needed tightening in places, the songs are nice, drunk Mickey Rooney and Red Buttons are a hoot, Jim Dale does dastardly and the technical accomplishments are deceptively impressive. The real charmer, though, is Pete’s dragon himself, Elliott, and Don Bluth’s character animation is outstanding. It even has a sad happy ending. Version reviewed is the hundred-or-so-minutes edit without, staggeringly, the Oscar-nominated theme song Candle on the Water.

This movie contains comic violence, unpleasant scenes.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.