Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pendragon Sword of His Father

A couple of weeks ago I read a review in a homeschool newsletter, for a new "Christian" movie - "Pendragon Sword of His Father".

"Set in 411 AD, Pendragon tells the story of young Artos who is raised to believe that God has a purpose for each day. When his family killed and he is taken into slavery by the Saxons, Artos questions his God. Advancing through the military ranks, Artos begins to understand that his father's vision was not based on the strength of man, but on the plan of God. Further betrayal by his friends forces Artos to decide between following God's plan unto certain death or abandoning God to save his own life." (IMDB).

We had recently read about the Saxons in history and as the trailer looked promising, I did something that I very rarely ever do - I bought the DVD. Not only did I buy a DVD but I paid full price for it. I liked the idea that a homeschooling family produced and acted in this movie and that it was billed as a "Christian" movie, and seemed like something my ds would love.

Over the past couple of days the kids and I have watched this movie. The kids thought the movie was great! I'd give it maybe a 2 out of 5.

I thought the costumes and scenery were great and as I stated above I liked the fact that a couple of Christian homeschooling families produced and acted in this movie. Even though the movie had fighting - there was almost no blood shown and there was nothing gruesome about it - as some warfare movies (or documentaries!) tend to be.

The acting was bad. The storyline was mediocre. I generally avoid watching "Christian" movies for those two reasons.

I know this movie, along with other "Christian" movies do not have large budgets - and believe me - it shows!

Will I watch this movie again? I might - preferably without the kids by my side...any movie is hard to watch when you are having to explain things as well as listen to comments from your co-watchers (and listen to them eating crackers!). Or I might just try selling it on eBay to get back some of my $.

Is it worth shelling out $20 for it? I'd say not. But if you think you might be interested in watching it - see if your library carries it or would order it (our library didn't have it), borrow it from a friend or see if you can buy it cheaper on eBay :)


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