Movie Review: Strange Magic
I was initially really confused as to why Disney and LucasFilm kept Strange Magic under wraps for so long. With a story by George Lucas, a stellar voice cast, and the backing of Disney you would think that this would be a slam dunk. You would also be wrong. It is now clear to me that there wasn’t much put behind Strange Magic because it is lacking in the magic department.
Loosely (and I mean loosely) based on ‘A MidSummer Night’s Dream’, Strange Magic is the story of a fairy princess who has to rescue her younger sister from the king of a dark forest whom the younger sister has fallen in love due to a love potion gone wrong. At least, I think that is the gist of the film. To be honest, I’m not a hundred percent that I understand the story. There was a party for some elves, a weird game of telephone between some talking mushrooms, and a rabbit like character that may have been a stand in for Puck. With all of that said and done, the part I liked least wasn’t the story. No, the part I liked least was (and I can’t believe I’m about to say this) was the music.
I love musicals, but this was just a jukebox hot mess. There were too many songs and they had nothing to do with each other. In order for the music to be successful they needed to cut the song selection in half and tighten the arrangements. Sticking to one decade or genre would have also been helpful.
When Disney purchased LucasFilm die-hard Lucas fans made known their dissatisfaction, but in an ironic turn of fate, what Strange Magic needed most was a little Disney magic.
Reason to See:
There are fairies and other fantastical creatures which are…fun.
Reason to Skip:
The discombobulated storyline and random music selection.
Should You Trust the Trailer?
Yes and no. The trailer gives a pretty good indication of how the movie looks, but it definitely makes it seem like it is more fast-paced and humorous than it actually is.
Is Strange Magic Worth Spending The Price of a Ticket?
I wouldn’t pay to see it again, but I would probably watch it again because it wasn’t terrible just not what I wanted.
Skip it, grab some blue moon and re-watch Star Wars instead.