The Fairy Princess and the Unicorn (2020) Movie Review

Director: Aina Jarvine, Federico Milella

Writer: Pamela Hickey, Dannys McCoy, Vanessa Walder (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Madison Mullahey, Jessica Webb, Olivia Manning, Sara Petersen, Marc Thompson, Gregory Max

Plot: Fantasy country of Bayala is on danger. Only twin sisters Surah and Sera can save it.

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: One for the Younger Audience

Story: The Fairy Princess and the Unicorn starts as we head to the kingdom of Bayala, here we have the sun elves and the shadow elves, with twin sisters Surah who was raised in the shadow world, and Sera who is a sun elf, the land is split as the evil Ophira is looking to control the land, with the disappearance of dragons to the land.

When a dragon egg is discovered, Surah, Sera and Marween must return it to the parents before Ophira discovered it and the magic is lost forever, the magic which could save the land.

Thoughts on The Fairy Princess and the Unicorn

Characters – Surah is a sun elf that was held captive in the shadow realm, leaving her with shadow wings, she is an outcast in the sun elf land with the power to save the land, in hope of getting to her friend, who still remains trapped in the shadows. Sera is the sun elf that has waited for her sister to return, going on the adventure to try and save her land. Ophira is the evil ruler of the shadow realm, she has trying to destroy the rest of the world, doing everything she can to stop the mission. Marween is the young else that discovered the dragon egg and has the ability to communicate with dragons, this will be her first adventure.

StoryThe story here follows elves as they must looks to defeat an evil that is trying to take over the land in a race against time to bring the light back to the land. When we see the idea of elves, magic and unicorns we know the audience we will be aiming for, this is a story that plays perfectly for that audience, with chuckles along the way, we are never put in any truly scarier peril with the light feeling about the journey being kept away from scaring the youngest audience members.

AdventureThe adventure side of the film does take the elves to different lands, which offers new dangers to the world for them to face.

SettingsThe film does create beautiful landscapes for the characters to travel through, filled with colours to bring to life the environment.

AnimationThe animation does look strong with the computer graphics bringing everything to life with ease.

Scene of the Movie – The final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The generic other leader elves.

Final Thoughts This is a film that the younger audience will enjoy, it will give them plenty of joy with the positive message throughout.

Overall: Kids will love.

Signature Entertainment presents The Fairy Princess & The Unicorn in Cinemas nationwide July 4th

ABC Film Challenge – Romance – A – Along for the Ride (2000)

Director: John Kaye

Writer: John Kaye (Screenplay)

Starring: Melanie Griffith, Penelope Ann Miller, Patrick Swayze, Richard Schiff, Annie Corley, Lee Garlington, Michael J Pollard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Plot: A schizophrenic romantic tracks down her college sweetheart to help her find their son she gave up for adoption sixteen years ago to the dismay of his new wife.

Tagline – First Love Lasts Forever

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Feel Good Movie

Story: Along for the Ride starts when schizophrenic Lulu (Griffith) leaves her home to find her college sweetheart, Ben Clifton (Swayze) who has gone onto become a television screenwriter and married to Claire (Miller) with them both having a happy life together. Lulu comes in search of Ben to drop a bombshell on him, they have a child and that is the reason she left the home to see him on his 16th birthday for the first time.

As Ben reluctantly agrees to go on the trip, Claire is left torn with their own past dealing with the grief the two experienced between the two.

Thoughts on Along for the Ride

Characters – Lulu is the schizophrenic woman that has lived in a home to help her manage her condition, until she decides to leave without any warning, she wants to find Ben to face something from their past, a child she had kept secret for years from everybody else, she has been managing her condition, but her outbursts are clear that she can’t handle being alone in life, with the moment potentially being the biggest challenge of her life. Ben is a screenwriter that is happily married despite having their own tragedy in the family, she is Lulu’s ex from decades before and learns the bombshell they have a kid and must travel across country to meet him with Lulu, putting his career and own marriage on the line. Claire is the wife of Ben who gets even more concerned about him running of with Lulu, she has been dealing their own person problems her own way, which is why she is even more worried about Ben and wants to stop something she thinks is going to happen, happen.

PerformancesMelanie Griffith is great in the role, playing a difficult character and showing both sides of her character’s personality with ease. Patrick Swayze is great too, showing us just how difficult grief can be for people. Penelope Ann Miller as the wife who is concerned about her marriage is everything you want from a character that is feeling distant.

StoryThe story here follows a schizophrenic woman that turns to an ex-lover to travel across country to meet their son, one he never knew they had, putting his own career and marriage on the line to help his former partner. This story does show how much love can last forever, no matter how long you are apart and that a mother will always give everything to show love to their child even if they haven’t been able to spend any time with them. We see how a marriage could be put in a difficult position because of a tragic event that nobody involved could have planned for. We have a mix of a road tip and reconnection and dealing with the past in this story, which is all handled well, with the schizophrenic character showing us just how easily it can be switched on and off without any control.

RomanceThe romance side of the film follows the idea of what once was there and what could have been there more, along with how people move on a fall in love again. We look into more adult relationships rather than the whirlwind that comes from first falling in love.

SettingsThe film does have a road trip setting which sees the characters travelling across America, we don’t go for any big landmarks, which at times doesn’t help understand the scale of the distant being travelled.

Scene of the Movie – The Hustler screening.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Freddie.

Final Thoughts This is an enjoyable road trip movie that has an excellent cast, with strong performances throughout, one to be watch by the fans of the stars.

Overall: Enjoyable throughout.

Interview with Scott Sikma – Director of Root of the Problem

Interview with Scott Sikma

We were lucky enough to be able to talk to director Scott Sikma, whose latest film Root of the Problem is coming to streaming platforms on the 7th July. I want to send out a personal thank you for giving us the time to discuss the upcoming movie.

Without further ado, here is the interview

Hello Scott, thank you for taking time to answer a few questions about your upcoming movie Root of the Problem.

Q1. What drew you to the project of Root of the Problem?

A1. I was drawn to this project originally after reading the novel Root of the Problem and loved the passion and light in its messaging. I knew from that point on, that I wanted to turn it into a screenplay to share with the public.

 Q2. If you had your own money tree and could treat yourself to something luxury, what would you pick?

A2. Well as long as it wasn’t the same consequences as my movie I would either buy myself a train locomotive for the backyard to turn into my office or buy my own movie theater to enjoy movies with my friends and family everyday….. when I’m off set.

Q3. We get to see the Porsche be a major point in Paul’s crazy spending, was that the only choice of car, or did you get to try out a few different options first?

 A3. We did have a few cars in mind when looking at the script but in the end the who doesn’t want a Porsche?

Q4. Are there any genres of film you would like to get your hands on in the future?

A4. I love all kinds of genres and have worked on a majority of them throughout my career, but I have come to fall in love with family dramas that inspire and deliver a good message at the end of the day. I hope to continue making films in this genre. Having said that, I am always keeping my mind open to new adventures.

Q5. You were lucky enough to work in Interstellar, what was it like working on a Christopher Nolan movie and how much did you learn with this experience?

 A5. It was an absolute honour to work on Interstellar. I worked as a cast assistant which allowed me the opportunity to be onset where I could watch and learn from Christopher, the cast and the crew. That experience taught me alot about structuring scenes, pacing and bringing characters to life. To this day it is a highlight in my career, as is learning and growing from each project that I take on.

Q6. Which directors inspired you to get involved in the movie industry?

A6. I grew up watching movies with my grandfather and loved everything from Alfred Hitchcock to Guy Hamilton. I fell in love with their styles and storytelling and I knew from an early age I wanted to work in film one way or another.

Q7. Do you have a movie recommendation that you don’t hear many people talk about?

A7. I have many movie recommendations, a few that come to mind is the 1960 Swiss Family Robinson family drama and Finding Neverland. They both are “feel good movies”, with wonderful storytelling.

Q8. Are you working on any projects you can talk about in the future?

A8. Yes, my next film that I will be directing in early 2021 is Christmas By The Book. A seasonal comedy about the author of a best selling holiday memoir who becomes entangled in tinsel when she and her kids are dispatched by a TV talkshow to an isolated rural town, where she is given just a few weeks to recreate the magical childhood Christmas described in her book.

If you would like to see more of Scott Sikma work, check out there IMDB.

I would like to thank the director one more time for giving us the time to talk about Root of the Problem. Read the review here.