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Friday, February 15, 2019

Movie Review: Strange Magic (2015)

It is now on the sixth day of Hamlette's We ❤ Shakespeare Week! Go check out all the fun at the Master Post HERE.

This is my second of the three posts I am doing. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to post three days in a row! If I had followed my planning this would have been up days ago, but things happened. Anyway, here it is! But, why this one for a Shakespeare Blog Party? Keep reading to see!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning.

Strange Magic (2015):
Inspired by: A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Roland, a fairy looking for power, convinces Sunny to go into the Dark Forrest to find Sugar Plum fairy and ask for a love potion. Roland plans to use it on Marianne to be then in the path of the throne, but Sunny truly loves Dawn, Marianne's sister, but she doesn't love him. Things happen and Dawn ends up in the Bog King's dungeon, while being in love with the Bog King! Marianne goes to rescue her sister.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance.
Length: approx. 99 minutes.
Costumes: 7, there are some creatures not wearing anything, and nothing is wonderful, but it's okay.
Script: 8.
Directed by: Gary Rydstrom
Written by: David Berenbaum, Irene Mecchi, Gary Rydstrom, & George Lucas.
Alan Cumming as Bog King.
Evan Rachel Wood as Marianne.
Meredith Anne Bull as Dawn.
Elijah Kelley as Sunny.
Sam Palladio as Roland.
Maya Rudolph as Griselda.
Kristin Chenoweth as Sugar Plum Fairy
Alfred Molina as The Fairy King.
Bob Einstein as Stuff.
Peter Stormare as Thang.
Kevin Michael Richardson as Brutus.
Llou Johnson as Pare.
Animation: 8, there are some things that are a little gruesome, and I'm not a big fan of digital animation, but it is okay.
Music: 8, so there is a lot of popular music in this movie. "Can't Help Falling in Love", "Stronger", and, of course, "Strange Magic".
Music by: Marius de Vries
Quotes: 8.
Storyline: 7, there is kissing, crude humor, some suggestive things, a character that seemed to be a guy the whole time turns out to be a girl. I think that's it!
Overall Score: 7.5!

Spoiler Alert! From now on there are spoilers for Strange Magic and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

For the blogathon:
So, why am I reviewing this during this week celebrating Shakespeare? It is mostly a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but it is also inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream. How so? Well, here are some similarities.:
1. Obviously, the love potion!
2. The fairies! AMND has the queen of the fairies, Titania, and Marianne is in the line of the throne.
3. The Imp vs. Puck.
(Why doesn't it have a name? He's a pretty big character).
The mischievous one! Puck, for the fun of it, makes Titania fall in love with Bottom (when he doesn't have his usual head). The Imp has a fun time of dusting anyone he sees with the love potion and the whole forest is in turmoil.
4. The father character wants his daughter to marry a certain person, but she refuses.
5. There are references to other Shakespearean characters. There is Sugar Plum, and Brutus.

What do you think? Is it close enough?

Thanks for reading! Make sure to swing on over to Hamlette's Soliloquy for all the fun!



  1. This is a strange movie, but I like it.

  2. I've not seen this, but I've heard of it. I didn't realize it was inspired by AMND! Nifty!

    1. I had heard of it and didn't think that I would like it, but I did! I didn't know it at first, either. Thanks for hosting this!


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