Beautiful scenery and some nice tight editing. I also found it amazing how far a small budget can stretch. If you know before you start that it's low budget you'll really enjoy it. I hope that the lad who played the youngest prince will continue his career in acting, he has presence. The only reason it received a 9 was due to the special effects which could have been a bit better. All in all a really great job, good old fashioned storytelling.
If these new film makers can do this well on a low budget just think what they could accomplish if there were afforded more! It reminds me of the sort of thing you might expect a volunteer dramatic society to put on for the oldies. And so will you if you're not expecting big budgets. Certainly not a retelling of history, but an interesting interpretation of the few details known about the period. It had humour, light and darkness. The first half of the film was tolerable even though it was clear neither Jake McGarry nor Noah Irvine were going to win any award for acting. It's a really good film for everyone to watch, especially if you live in and around Scotland. The acting was also well directed and while some where first time actors they were able to pull off very convincing roles.
The conclusion is powerful and satisfying and it is refreshing to have an independent film of this genre that ends with a strong sense of hope. In my opinion this really is an amateur effort. The truth is that low budget movies like this don't often make it to market, and the cover art is so good that people will be expecting big Hollywood money. The story is Scottish folklore at its best. This is where The Gaelic King differs from the others. I have watched and reviewed a number of films and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this offering.
The young actors were also exceptional showing great emotion and professionalism. Not to give away too much, but it is the evil sorceress and her minions who wear sunglasses at night, but don't listen to Corey Hart. In conclusion, I thoroughly enjoyed this film! It takes some liberties adding in fantastical elements but it is sensitively and skilfully executed. It doesn't fall into the trap of pretending to be a Hollywood blockbuster, but accepts its limitations and works within them. Interesting flash at the very end, after the credits. They is some internal drama as they go after those who are stealing the village people, all children. The beautiful Scottish countryside obviously inspired the producers, and seeing some of the shots you wonder why it isn't used more by higher budget movies.
One out of ten from me. My advice steer well clear. Alpin swears to one day return, seeking vengeance and regain his rightful claim to the throne. But one star is just silly. Considering the budget for this film, I thought it was pretty good. When Finn gets captured, Alpin sets out to rescue him, accompanied by a Druid-monk called Lachlan.
The characters are great and all unique. When his family is murdered by a rival Pict King, Alpin and his infant brother Finn, are the sole escapees. When you think of low budget films you usually think that this is going to be low quality as well. Not as good as the real budget alternative history films. Good story, fun baddies, some acting is a little wobbly some is strong. Inevitably, as a low budget feature it does not have the gloss and precision of a Hollywood movie but in some ways this also adds to the depth of the immersive world in which it is set. The small community was forgivable because of the budget.
There is some decent action sequences as well as a gripping story and even some unexpectedly humorous moments mostly from the colourful Druid character - Lachlan. Guide: No swearing, sex, nudity, or acting. The film picks up 10 years later as our sons are incognito as they visit a village in peril. What ensues is a gripping adventure, culminating in a final epic battle between Alpin and Nathara, the sorceress who awoke and controls the Shadow Warriors. I found it very enjoyable, under a blanket with a nice cup of tea kind of film. Great film really enjoyed watching it, few comments stating it's a low budget film etc and unknown actors and yes that is exactly what it is however the acting is great the effects are the best I've seen on a low budget film and the scenery of Scotland is just beautiful and the Scottish music just makes it even more beautiful. When compared to the larger genre, the film still holds up against criticism, especially in its story and the quality of the editing and score.
But I'm sure this will prove to be corrected in their next project which I hope will have greater funding than this film had. Hey, what can I say, I liked it. And then the fighting started and it was clear there was zero fight choreography in spite of the nine listed stunt co-coordinators and their assistants. It was truly well done and exceptionally well edited. The visual effects are not fantastic, but don't massively impact the overall watchability of the film. The music score was probably my greatest surprise because I did not expect such an outstanding contribution to the film.
It's nicely filmed, with beautiful scenery in Scotland of course. Hats off the entire Cast and Crew for this film!. And the original music was especially good. That said, it would not matter how old I got I don't think I could sit through The Garlic King or Gaelic King or whatever this is supposed to be. .