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There be problems with “There Be Dragons.”

Juggling three storylines, “There Be Dragons” focuses on Manolo’s dark past (mainly during the Spanish Civil War), Josemaria’s struggles during the Spanish Civil War (and his Opus Dai group), and a story taking place further in time revolving around Manolo’s journalist son writing a book about Josemaria.

You’d think the new film by the director of “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission” would be worth a look, but sadly that is not the case with “There Be Dragons.” Visually, the film is stunning as the first rate sets, battle scenes, and Spain/Argentina locals are cinematic to say the least, but alas, that’s all the film really has going for it.

The main problem with ‘Dragons’ is that Roland Joffe’s script is too jumbled, unfocused, and more importantly vague about politics and conflicts. It’s ambitious to be sure, but the structure and dialogue is just too clumsy for the film to truly succeed. It doesn’t help that Wes Bentley is completely miscast here. While Bentley has been impressive in films such as “The Hunger Games” and “American Beauty,” Bentley can’t do a Spanish accent let alone be convincing in old man makeup. His distracting presence just takes you out of the film which makes it hard to care about what is going on.


The visuals look striking in 2.35:1 1080p. The DVD transfer, while still good, doesn’t hold a candle to the hi-def transfer.

From the sound f/x to the score, the 5.1 DTS-HD audio track hits all the right notes.. The DVD contains a solid sounding Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track.

* Fox trailers.
* Over 30 minutes of deleted scenes.
* “Facing Your Dragons: Inspiring Testimony From Wes Bentley”- An open and honest Wes Bentley compares himself to the character he plays and talks about his demons.

March 30, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review, DVD review | , , ,

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