Legend of Ravaging Dynasties
review by Bobby Blakey
The Asian film market is known for its sweeping period epic martial arts films, but every so often it takes that genre and does something more original with it. The latest is L.O.R.D.: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties that blends it with fantasy and animation in hopes to create something that stands out on its own.
L.O.R.D.: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties follows supernatural warriors who clash with dark forces of evil in this electrifying fantasy-adventure. In a distant time, seven lords who wield powers beyond imagination share dominion over a world. But when one lord falls from grace, the others summon all their magic to stop an epic war that is ravaging the land — and threatening the order of the universe. This film isn’t breaking any barriers down in animation, but it is always cool to see this sort of thing come to life. The visuals are very much like the story elements of a lot of the popular video games and plays almost like a live action film at times, but allows them to step into the realm of fantasy a lot easier.
From the opening of this film you know it is going to be a crazy ride of creatures and magic and to my surprise worked way better than I thought it might. There are some areas where it drags and its almost 2 hour run time could have been cut down a bit, but it makes up for it in other places. When they are in full battle mode it is a visual treat to watch featuring beautiful animation, interesting characters and vibrant visuals that will no doubt please fans of these sorts of things. The story takes itself so seriously at times it tries to play up the drama a little too much with not much effect and could start losing you, but stick it out and you will no doubt get pulled back in.
In the end this is a pretty entertaining movie if you love mythical creatures and fantasy. These elements are plentiful and great fun to watch. Grab your copy of L.O.R.D.: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties available now on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.