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.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film got mixed reviews from critics, but has a huge fanbase who speak of the film very fondly for the characters, visual effects, and emotional moments.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • For the first movie: David Thewlis as Einon, Pete Postlethwaite as Gilbert, Julie Christie as Aislinn, Sean Connery as Draco, and John Gielgud (uncredited) as King Arthur.
    • For the second movie: John Woodnutt as Friar Peter.
    • For the third movie: Ben Kingsley as Drago, Harry Lister Smith as Kalin, and Duncan Preston as Elisedd.
    • For the fourth movie: Patrick Stewart as Drago.
  • 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.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Pretty much everyone agrees that the dragon voiced by Sean Connery is the best thing about this film.
  • 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.
  • Sequelitis:
    • The sequel is nowhere near as good as the first one.
    • The first prequel got mixed reviews 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.
    • While Draco escapes after he and Bowen trick Felton, he manages to swim quickly underwater without creating any sort of wake.
    • 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 Draco and Einon is revealed doesn't lessen the impact; in fact, it only heightens it.
    • The scene where Bowen fights the older Einon and the king makes it clear he never believed in the Old Code and was just "vomiting out the words" to gain Bowen's trust in order to learn how to fight. You can see the heartbreak in Bowen to realize this and how the dragon's heart did nothing to corrupt Einon, the boy was always going to be a tyrant. That's followed by Bowen realizing he hunted a species to extinction for no reason and the guilt overwhelming.
    • 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.