Image: Courtesy Alliance Films, Legal Line: ©2010 I Was a 7th Grade Dragonslayer, L.L.C. All Rights Reserved. ©2011 Screen Media Films. All Rights Reserved. Distributed exclusively in Canada by Alliance Films. All Rights Reserved.
Dir: Andrew Lauer (Intermedio)
Cast: Hunter Allan, Lea Thompson, Abigail Victor, Ryan Bradley Norris, Eric Lutes, Wendie Malick, Amy Pietz
USA, 2011 (DVD Relases)
Reason to see: Dragon slayer ...yep, that would be an instant yes.
Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer is a really cute kid-centric, family friendly film centred on Arthur (Hunter Allan), and adventurous 7th grader who likes to prowl with sewers with friends Natalie (Abigail Victor) and Tim (Ryan Bradley Norris) who together are a geeky trio who come up against the cool kids lead by none of than the evil Vice-Principal Metz (Wendie Malick) son. Dealing with conflict in school kids is just a small piece of the larger puzzle, which has much more exciting pieces that involve dragons, trolls, alchemy, mystery and a lot of mayhem and trouble for the kids to get into throughout.
I really liked how the film used a different, take on things we often see in young-teen films like growing up with a single parent or dealing with bullies. It often goes for humour in these scenarios, and I really liked that choice as it felt honest but light hearted. I particularly enjoyed Lea Thompson as Arthur's Mom, as she sticks up for Arthur even when he's not been on his best behaviour.
It is a kid's film at heart so the acting is broad strokes and the effects are fantasy-centric over stary, bbut I found there were lots of geek culture references from gaming to conventions that popped up and made it really entertaining from an adult perspective. Overall, it was a lot of fun and a great choice for kids or as a family pick.
- Deleted Scenes (4 Scenes, 7 Minutes) combination of deleted and extended scenes including more adventuring with the young cast and additional rapport with the adult characters.
Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'd watch it again
I'd recommend it to fans of family films, and especially so for those for who enjoy geek culture references
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© Shannon Ridler, 2011