A beautiful piece of work, superbly acted and directed. I really enjoy Gondry. But I found myself a little bored and distracted here. After you suspect and then realise the film's conceit, the director is still typically self-indulgent before bringing you to the end.
The Black Cauldron is quite scary for a kids' film. From my memories of the books, it's also a poor adaptation. It's often quite unclear what's happening and once everything breaks loose it's all wrapped up unexpectedly quickly.
As much as you were considering watching this… don't.
Close-up on Seagal's angrying brow. Closer. Closer. Epic score for a stroll down a street. Jump-cut tourettes. Seagal is Russian. Longest knife fight ever.
So many people need to be embarrassed about this film. The score seriously has to be heard to be believed. Is this Russian folk music for the gun fights?! Seriously what is this shit.
I remember this film seeming cool, probably because I didn't see it when it was released. In fact I probably saw it when it came to TV. There is the cool (and long) bit where the kid hides in a robot; a real bonifide robot that carries mail and food and has a spinning orange light on it. Also the spaceship is kind of cool looking, and it's antigrav is neat…
This afternoon I watched it with the kids. They have better taste than me.