And I still refuse to believe that the old way of life was that peaceful, especially if it needed dragon riders to keep everyone in line. Also, we haven't been told that they operated under a democratic system or anything, so as far as we know, it was still a dictatorship, only with more than one person dishing out the orders. Seems to me that having just one dictator would bring a bit more stability. But you can't expect a nineteen-year-old fanfiction writer to understand that sort of subtlety. The King is evil because he says so, period, and that applies to the movie, too.
I found myself symphatising with the "bad guy" and being irritated by the heroes. Rather than have the villain actually do anything bad, the other characters simply constantly behave like he was a terrible person and stated how much they didn't like him. The situation was so poorly put together that when the villain was killed it felt incredibly disproportionate to his relatively minor crimes!
As you say yourself, the "bad guy" was not really that bad, and yet the story seemed determined to heap every punishment imaginable on him while having EVERY character in the story (even ones who had barely met him) say how much they wanted to see him die!
Interactions like "I want to rip out his heart!" "Does he even have heart?"
What the hell did this guy do to get so much hate?
Yeah he seems like a jerk, but they talk about him like he's the second coming of super hitler!
The guy finds someone is shagging his wife AND both daughters (urrggh!) they brutally shoot him the face and then his soul gets eaten by a giant demon wolf!
Even fucking death insults the poor bastard!
The universe lines up to piss on this man and everyone says he deserves it.
Harkovast, in the forum thread about Chronolicles of Wydren.
"Here's a sign of a bad movie where I side with the slimy antagonist."
"Not to mention all this shit went down while she was pregnant with twins, the Pegasus and the giant Chrysaor, as a result from the rape. Perseus would mount Pegasus, and use him and Medusa’s head to kill a sea monster, thus winning him a wife, Andromeda. Medusa was cursed by the very goddess she served, Athena, who also gave Perseus the mirrored shield he used to slay her. Raped, betrayed by her god, hunted down like a beast in her own home while she was pregnant, her own children stolen from her and used to glorify and aide her killers and betrayers. And she’s supposed to be the monster?"
"Yeah, any governing body that calls itself The Authority probably aren't distributing free t-shirts to war widows, but I wish the game would establish that rather than just ask me to assume it."