• Network: Syfy
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 13, 2004
  • Season #: 1
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  1. Sep 12, 2014
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    A two-part fantasy story based on a series of books by Ursula K. Le Guin. I have not read the books, so I'm reviewing this movie based on what I saw on screen.

    Altogether, "The Legend of Earthsea" is a decent way to spend three hours.

    We have all seen, heard, or read this same story hundreds of times, so there was nothing new there: a boy with wild spirits wants to be something more
    than he is. He's even having dreams of a pretty girl he feels as if he knows somehow. A town "witch" is teaching him things, but a youngster's thirst for knowledge is always great, and when one day a wizard Ogion comes by and offers to make Ged into a wizard, is there really a chance of him saying 'no'?

    So off goes Ged, but still he is too impatient, and is sent off to a wizard school, where his origin - a son of a blacksmith - is mocked by those of better blood. Ged is challenged to do something he shouldn't, and rebellious, angry, and full of his own ego, he releases a Nameless - a terrible beast that will now hunt him until it can devour him.

    While Ged struggles to escape and later hunt down the Gebbeth, the priestesses of Atuan have their own struggle on-going; there is one sister who yearns to be the High Priestess, and who is willing to even kill to get what she wants: immortality for her and her lover, King Tygath. And then there is the selfless Tenar who is the image of all good and pure. Kristin Kreuk is pretty to look at, but her character is quite bleak.

    Ged and Tenar are destined to unite an amulet that will help them save Earthsea from the Nameless Ones. Of course they manage to do this, and of course they fall in love in the end.

    The plot has nothing original in it, the cgi is rather poor, Ged is mostly annoying, and the characters are nothing out of the ordinary. Enjoyable enough for a one-time watch, but altogether the plot is a little jumpy and sometimes attempts to be trickier than it's actually capable of.
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