Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Strange Magic Review: Fantastic Looking, but Lousy Storytelling!
Strange Magic tells the tale of two kingdoms: the fairy kingdom and the dark forest. When elf named Sunny takes a primrose petal to make a love potion, conflicts rises when the Bog King captures the fairy princesses Dawn (who gets affected by the love potion). In order to save the kingdom and her sister, Marianne journeys into the dark forest to confront the Bog King, but what she finds is something she did not expect: love.
The plot to Strange Magic is simplistic in nature and there is no shame in that. The story in fact had good ideas, such as having themes such as the idea of real love. Granted this kind of theme has been told on film before, but the concept could have lead to a thought provoking plot. The problem with Strange Magic's story is its pacing. There was not enough time to get to know the world of Strange Magic as well as understand the story's conflict. The other issue was that the story's narrative. One moment film is ventures with Sunny, and before you know it Marianne becomes the center of attention. It is not a bad thing to have multiple narratives in a plot, but if you are going to a format like that, you need to know how to handle it well, and Strange Magic did not do that. There were good things in this plot, but due to its pacing this story just felt underwhelming.
Somewhere in this presentation, Strange Magic had an opportunity to be a good movie. It may not have been an animated classic, but there were many elements that could have worked in the film's favor; such as its themes and its performances. However what kills the movie's chances was inconsistency and poor pacing. As fantastic as Strange Magic looked, it was not enough to give this animated film a sense of wonder.