Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot (Tom Holland and Chris Pratt), go on an epic quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.
The film starts with a quick explanation of how magic used to be everywhere but with the advance of technology such as electric light bulbs, aeroplanes, cookers and mobile phones, it quickly got forgotten. People got lazy and it became a thing of the past.
Fast forward a few years to a land that is very recognisable to our own but also very different, a world where elves, sprites and centaurs live next door to each other and unicorns are nothing more than scavengers raiding bins for food.
It’s Ians 16th birthday. Growing up without his Dad has made Ian a shy awkward teenager struggling to fit in at school, with few friends and a real lack of self confidence. Before his Dad passed away he left a present and a note for both of his sons not to be opened until they had both reached 16. The note explains how to cast a spell to bring him back so they can spend one more day together. Easy!!
Obviously the spell goes wrong, meaning the brothers have to join forces to complete a quest together. This is of course more about the journey together than the actual destination, a voyage of self discovery. There are some great scenes along the way and it has a really satisfying ending.
I liked this film, it’s an enjoyable watch but don’t expect too much from it. Although funny I think it could have been funnier, the characters are likeable but not sure they’ll be memorable. It’s a nice little story which although you’ve probably seen it before, is still very well told.
I’d recommend it for anyone who loves animation and Disney Pixar in particular. Make sure you arrive early as The Simpsons short film shown just before the main feature is brilliant.