Dragon Review - DragonHeart: Battle for the Heartfire
DragonHeart: Battle for the Heartfire is the fourth movie in the DragonHeart series. It is a sequel to DragonHeart 3 and a prequel to the original DragonHeart.
In Battle for the Heartfire, Drago (the same Drago as in DragonHeart 3) discovers that the bond he shared with King Gareth has been passed down to Gareth’s twin grandchildren, Edric and Meghan. Up until the death of King Gareth, Drago had been unaware that the additional bond existed because Gareth’s son, Walter, had turned his back on his royal birthright and left the castle, blaming dragons for the absence of his father and death of his mother. The twins had grown up ignorant of their royal heritage but, due to the bond with Drago, possessing superhuman abilities and patches of scales on their body. Edric and Meghan had been close as children but a traumatic event in their past causes them to become estranged. Drago tracks down Edric and reveals his true identity. Meghan, having heard that Edric had been made king, comes to claim her right to the crown, and typical sibling rivalry ensues. When a third party steals Drago’s heartfire, he must convince the twins to put aside their differences and come together to save the kingdom.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie, though it was rather predictable and I was disappointed Drago was once again the main dragon character instead of one or more of the younger dragons he helped raise. I felt it was far better than DragonHeart 3, which, in my opinion had far too complicated a plot, what with dragons from space, evil wizards, curses, and romance thrown in for good measure. Battle for the Heartfire was much simpler, being primarily about sibling and family relationships. In a way, it was reminiscent of DragonHeart 2, although it failed to capture quite the same tone as A New Beginning. In addition, Drago’s design was much improved over DragonHeart 3. His appearance in this newest movie is much closer to Draco from the original DragonHeart. He feels much more naturally part of each scene than his version in DragonHeart 3.
DragonHeart: Battle for the Heartfire is an average medieval fantasy movie that is better than DragonHeart 3 but definitely not as good as the original DragonHeart or even DragonHeart 2. It’s worth at least one watch if you are a fan of the DragonHeart series or dragons in general. I’d say it’s not worth a purchase by itself, but for about the same price as the blu-ray, you can pick up all four DragonHeart movies on DVD in one collection.