ME + YOU REVIEW: A WARRIOR'S TAIL
What did Katie Taylor (and her three-year-old son) make of A Warrior's Tail?
First, a confession. I've always been scared of wolves. I watched 'A Box of Delights' and 'The Wolves of Willoughby Chase' at a very impressionable age, and subsequently led training sessions with my younger brother where I would pretend there was a raging, lupine foe at the bottom of our grandparents' garden and the only action was to sprint away, climb a tree, and hide there until I deemed it safe to return.
No such tale of woe for my fellow reviewer and three-year-old son, Alistair, who, on seeing the white wolf turn up on screen for the first time, said, ‘Ahhhh, a doggy!’
Indeed, the wolves were his favourite part of 'A Warrior's Tail' (sic), in which Milla Jovovich voices a boy who escapes his besieged village in search of the magician he believes can free his fellow villagers of their evil hyena captors.
Savva is helped by white wolf Angee, but a nasty monkey army, led by their three-headed queen Mum JoZee (Whoopi Goldberg), is equally set on preventing the hero and his new mates from succeeding.
What follows is a quest through brilliantly colourful - at times lurid - landscapes, and a chuck-everything-but-the-kitchen sink' approach to what the gang encounters on its odyssey. Spoiler alert: dragon included.
Was it fun? Yes, and I liked the subverting of obvious stereotypes when Savva and friends meet a particular character near the film's end. But it didn't make me laugh out loud and it flipped between feeling as mad as Alice's Wonderland and a little too soul-searching and earnest. There's an incongruous point at which Savva and Angee talk eternal life, God and the universe, and I can't forgive or forget one irritating character who reminded me of Jar-Jar Binks. No one needs that.
Ali thought the film was ‘good’ (his description) and remembered enough detail the morning after we'd seen the film to talk about it. Best bit: wolves. Scariest thing: the hyenas. He bopped along to the musical numbers, and he liked the ending.
(At the beginning) 'Is this the Lion King?'
(During a chase sequence through the forest at night) 'We wouldn't go out there, Mummy!'
(At the end, when a key character returns for an emotional reunion) 'Why did he come back? did he forget something?!'
:: A Warrior's Tail is out in cinemas from today (Friday, April 1)