YMMV / Dragonheart

Film Examples

  • Complete Monster: At the film's start, Einon seems a youth in need of guidance by his wise mentor, but it is revealed that any honor Einon has is just a front to learn swordsmanship from Sir Bowen. After Einon finds his dying father, he just tries to wrench the crown out of the man's hands, showing what he will become. When mortally wounded, Einon is saved only when a dragon shares his heart with him, linking their lives. As King, Einon taxes and works the people without mercy and orders a man's eyes put out with hot pokers before casually killing him. Einon tries to rape that man's daughter later and when his mother tries to kill the dragon to stop Einon, Einon kills her with no remorse. While Bowen initially blames the dragon for Einon's change, it turns out Einon was always a monster and the dragon shared his heart to try to change his nature.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Jason Isaacs plays a character named "Felton" in the same film with a character named "Draco".
  • Jerkass Woobie: The novel version of Felton. The guy's a complete jerk, but such a ridiculous amount of bad stuff happens to him (from embarrassment to losing limbs... see Butt Monkey on the main page for a full list) that you just feel sorry for him and want to give him a hug.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Einon crosses it either when he casually murders Kara's father For the Evulz, or when he kills his own mother when she tries to fulfill Draco's request to kill him so that Einon can be beaten.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Dennis Quaid's accent varies between regular American and something approaching Irish with mild undertones of Pirate. All the other American actors don't try.
  • Sequelitis:
    • The sequel is nowhere near as good as the first one.
    • The second sequel got mixed review but is mostly seen as better than A New Beginning.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • While Draco is a well-animated/rendered CG Character, the lighting on him looks off in the scenes he's in, but it's not that big a problem.
    • The sequel, however, falls under this trope. Especially when you realize that the company hired on for it (not ILM) was also responsible for the X-Ray scene in the original Total Recall, one of the more groundbreaking moments in visual effects history.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Very few people who have watched this film have not burst into tears. Many cry simply at the thought of it. Not only does Draco - the world's very last surviving dragon - die, but he is killed by his best friend. At his own request. Only a few scenes earlier, he specifically mentions how he finally has everything he's ever needed.
    • The music which plays during the scene, the most emotional version of the main theme, doesn't hurt either. And the fact you can see it coming once the true nature of the bond between Dracon and Einon is revealed doesn't lessen the impact; in fact, it only heightens it.
    • Bowen's EPIC this-is-what-I'm-fighting-for moment at Avalon. The sheer power of the scene is overwhelming.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • And it holds up fairly well even today.
    • The visual effects of the third film are quite good for a DTV release.

Music Examples

  • Epic Riff: So many, though "Battlefield Requiem" and "The Blacksmith" stand out.
  • Face of the Band: Marco Caporasso is probably the most recognizable of the group.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Lynkhor on "Vengeance in Black". He wants to plunge the world into darkness that will be inhabited by himself and whatever eldritch abominations he frees.
  • Narm Charm: Anything Marco Caporasso sings.