The Spine of Night (2021) Movie Review


Director: Philip Gelatt, Morgan Galen King

Writer: Philip Gelatt, Morgan Galen King (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Richard E Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel, Joe Manganiello, Patrick Breen

Plot: Ultra-violent, epic fantasy set in a land of magic follows heroes from a different eras and cultures battling against a malevolent force.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Spine of Night starts as the swamp queen Tzod goes to the all-mighty Guardian for help, after her world and the world below has seen the magic fall into the wrong hands. Seeing Lord Pyrantin take Tzod from her land, where her magic is stolen from her by Doa a scholar claiming to be doing the right thing for the kingdoms.

As the power starts taking over people through the kingdoms, the innocent people will be the ones that pay the price for the desire of power, as villages are wiped out with violent actions.

Thoughts on The Spine of Night

ThoughtsThe Spine of Night is a violent animated movie that will show that humans can’t handle the power that comes with magic, as they use it to gain power over anyone who stands in their way, with only one person that can stop the destruction caused by man, the different kingdoms must come together to fight back. The story does have a violent artistic style for the animation, which doesn’t hold back on anything. The weakness in the film comes from the constant meeting of new characters, which gives us less time to invest in each one we meet journey or fight. There is plenty going on with the destruction, but not enough time is given to understand each kingdom we enter, which easily have been flushed out more to give everything a more rounded feel.

Final Thoughts The Spine of Night is a truly violent animation unlike most you will ever see.

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