|DVD Winx Club 3D: Magic Adventure
Run time: 87 min
Director: Iginio Straffi
Writers: Iginio Straffi
Stars: Perla Liberatori, Molly C. Quinn, Gemma Donati
The King and Queen of Sparks and Bloom’s biological parents, King Oritel and Queen Marion, might still be alive. Bloom and the Winx give the search for Blooms family, one last shot.
|Plot Keywords: prince, princess, based on tv series, fairy, magical girl|
Release Date: 29 October 2010 (Italy)
I went to see this movie with my three years old daughter. She likes princesses a lot, so I thought this movie would be a great movie for her.
The whole movie she asked: "Where are the witches?" and I just answered: "They are sitting next to a tree while the princesses are shopping." That really is the ridiculous tone that this movie had. If you are a girl and you are beautiful or thin, you can be a princess. Otherwise you will be the maid. This movie was filled with beautiful princesses and they all had beautiful princes. A sort of twisted perfect world someone created what is too far from reality. Do we want to show this to our kids? I think one time is enough.
The 3D-effects were horrible. My daughter put off her 3D glasses because when there was movement, it all became very blur. Story was not interesting. There was a fighting scene (yes I kept watching this movie and I kept myself from falling asleep) on a boat and I thought: "This really could be something." But no, it was not worked out very well. They were training, and sudden there were holograms or something. (Hollograms can't really hit you). And the princesses and princes start to fight each other and then suddenly they all disappear.
I would not recommend this movie. My wife and I doubted to go to this movie or The Lorax. Well, we were sorry we didn't go to The Lorax.
I have 3 daughters (6-year-old twins and a 3-year-old) and Winx has been part of our daily life for years. They love the girls, the wings, the magic,… and there are far worse shows they could be fond of. But we, the adults, are cringing whenever the intro starts 🙂
The first movie was bought on DVD for Christmas and very much appreciated. Personally I feel the series have more charm because they are drawn instead of the graphics which I don't appreciate, but that's personal. The girls prefer the smoothness of the CGI, the even brighter sparkles, the flowing of the hair…
With the second movie in the cinema (not 3D) we went on an all-girls trip (the things we do for our children, the intelligence of my husband to skip this adventure ;). And this movie is just the same as the first. Smooth, slick, easy to digest, like the buckets of popcorn crunched down. It is filled with clichés and regular Winx action. The girls save the day, Stella is even more shallow than usual, the specialists make virtual cameo appearances to help out, the mothers mediate, the fathers do the right thing, a horse is transformed into a winged unicorn (much to the delight of all children in the theater), evil is conquered and we all live to see another day.
I managed to stay awake (as did our littlest, she didn't even want to sit on my lap!), found myself humming the transformation tune (with my eldest singing out loud), smiling at the jokes, aah-ing as Sky and Bloom kiss, just drifting on the cloud of ecstasy created by very enthusiastic girls (Mum, can we watch it again? PLEASE!?!?!? Of course, my angels, just not right away…).
It is harmless, shallow, black-white, good-evil, fairy-witches fun. Don't expect too much, don't try to read too much into it all and you will survive 😉
But we all wondered where Nabu came from. Wasn't he dead? Apparently he is back.
I did kind of go easy on the first Winx Club theatrical CG movie, I saw some potential, no, hear me out, I thought that they could potentially make a decent Winx Club movie with some cool action scenes, as long as the animation and story improved it could be done, well, the animation in this movie IS indeed better, but the story is far, far worse, believe it or not. The characters are still as thuddingly dull and boring as usual, the girls are actually okay, at least they have unique powers and different costumes and clothes, the guys, the specialists, they are aggravating actually, it seemed like they wouldn't be in the movie for a while, but no such luck, they eventually turn up being their regular terrible selves, with nothing interesting, cool, or just ANYTHING to do, they're just there to be boyfriends, I don't know why, it's not like the Winx themselves are terribly interesting, why throw in these dopes? The only thing more boring than these characters is the movie itself, it starts off okay, with a pointless, utterly pointless action scene where the Trix fight the Winx, why? Well, I guess because they're rivals, but why hang around each other then? They're just there in Alfea, or whatever it's called, and then they randomly start fighting, while the, I guess, principals of each school looks on, the witch says something like "it's just a bit of fun", hey, they're hurling spikes at each other. The movie is not as violent as the first one, none of the characters are stabbed or impaled. I still waited for something violently brutal to happen to that incredibly obnoxious blue rabbit.
There are basically two plots here, the princess stuff, which is the cheapest of cheap Disney knock-off crud, also, at one point the Winx decide to make Bloom look ugly to scare off guys who want to marry her, so they give her glasses and braces, not acting differently, just looking…well,the same only with glasses and braces, I hate how shallow these girls are, I knew Stella was like that, but the other girls are just as bad, they judge people completely on appearance alone, one guy comes in, and he's sort of a geek, with glasses and a teeth retainer, and the girls go "eeeeww" when they see him, come on, another guy is somewhat tubby, and the girls laugh at him as well, really? This scene annoyed me a little, and it's just one of many, or rather ALL attempts at comedy, which fall completely flat. I really did not need to see Bloom's crap, yeah, as in "doo-doo", that was just disgusting and not funny at all. The action scenes are just as bad as they were in the first one, or even worse, at least the first one had some creativity, the giant stone bird. There are sound effects missing, or the music not really fitting what's happening all the time, the music during the transformation sequence stops before the finale, so you just get silence for a few seconds, it's so amateurishly directed.
I did like the Trix though, but they're not in it enough, you kind of forget about them, they're doing their own thing, while the Winx girls to theirs, and then they fight at the end. Just like in the first movie, the red, demon-like witches merge with the flesh and blood villain, or villains in this case, and you get the Super Trix, which is a neat idea, wish they looked cooler, but oh well. Unlike the first movie, which lead to this one, the ending here does not set up for yet another sequel. I really wish they could make a good Winx Club movie, I don't think that's possible in Italy with the limited budget and Iginio Straffi at the helm, maybe one day, the show is doing okay on Nickelodeon, I think, so maybe they could fork up the bucks and make an awesome movie, or not, either way, skip this movie.