Saturday, 11 December 2010

Bionicle: Mask of Light (2003)

Toy tie-in films are rarely much good. This was the first movie based on the Lego spinoff range known as Bionicle, a stylized science fiction take on the classic building blocks toys. Completely computer generated, it offers some impressive visuals that keep you watching despite the painfully complicated and bizarrely uninvolving story.

The CG visuals have dated quite a bit, and there are moments when it looks a bit too much like the much-missed TV series Reboot, but on the whole it remains watchable if you're in the mood for some light entertainment and are happy to watch a kids' film. The characters, due to their very nature, are hard to relate to, as is their world and the stuff that happens in it.

There's some Star Wars, some folklore, some Lord of the Rings and elements of countless other sources, wrapped up in a strangely tribal aesthetic. I love animated films, and am very able to find enjoyment in material aimed at children, but this just didn't work for me. When the action is flowing thick and fast, the film is at its best, but between those scenes, you're wishing it would hurry up and get on with it. This is an interesting look into the continuing development of digital animation more than a film to savour. A shame, really, as I'd heard this was pretty good.

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