What it's about: Strange Magic is a fantastical musical fairy tale derived “from the mind” of Executive Producer George Lucas. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” the story centers on Marianne (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood), a fiery fairy princess who is dubious on the idea of love. She’s justified in her belief because her “Prince Charming” Roland (voiced by Sam Palladio) is a bit of a power-hungry cad. On the other hand, Marianne’s sister Dawn (voiced by Meredith Anne Bull) is boy crazy. After Marianne calls off her wedding to philandering Roland, Dawn becomes the victim of love potion, which puts her under the spell of the Bog King (voiced by Alan Cumming). The adventure begins when Marianne tries to save Dawn from the dark forest.
What parents will like: Parents may get a kick out of some interesting musical mash-ups and song choices including “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Fools Rush In,” “ Love Is Strange.” The overall theme of finding love in unexpected places is also appealing.
What kids will like: The kids will also like the music and fantasy elements. However, as most of the action takes place in the dark forest, some of the imagery may be too scary for younger children. I would recommend this film for children 8 and older.
Bonus features: Bonus features include outtakes, mash-ups of songs in the film and interviews with cast members including Wood and Cumming. My fave was hearing Cumming speak in his Scottish accent.
Details: Available now on DVD and Digital
Maricar Estrella, 817-390-7720
Director: Gary Rydstrom
Cast: Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Alfred Molina and Elijah Kelley.
Rated: PG (some action and scary images )
Running time: 99 min.