YMMV / The Flight of Dragons

  • Awesome Music: The title track, by Don McLean. Yes, that Don McLean.
  • Complete Monster: Bryagh is the dark sorcerer Ommadon's literal dragon, and stands out as the only wholly evil dragon in the setting. Seven years prior to the plot, Sir Orrin Neville-Smythe came across Bryagh devouring an entire nest of dragon eggs, and was only stopped from slaughtering the last one by Orrin confronting him. Orrin grimly injures Bryagh, leaving the dragon to wallow in his own hate for seven years before returning to aid his dark master in his ultimate goal of destroying humanity. Throughout the plot, Bryagh is shown to be a vicious Sadist in the skin of a dragon, described as having blood on his mind and relishing the prospect of having his legions "attack, demolish, devour, burn, and grind" his enemies, happily serving Ommadon so long as he gets his kicks out of killing people. He's initially tasked with capturing Peter alive and bringing him to Ommadon; however, upon being pursued by Gorbash, Bryagh drops Peter to his intended death for little reason other than to spite the heroes. In the climax, Bryagh ambushes the Five-Man Band and proceeds to kill Giles and Aragh, and tops it off by killing the archer Danielle, who was Sir Orrin's love interest. Bryagh only pauses his assault to sadistically laugh about this in Orrin's face while he mourns, before both off themselves in a Mutual Kill.
  • Contemptible Cover: The video cover makes the film look like a happy romping adventure, when it's actually a quite dark, violent and dramatic story. Carolinus's robes are also changed to purple to make him more visually distinct from Gorbash. The UK cover is closer to the film's tone, though the art style is more realistic than the film.
  • Cult Classic
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme: ""Flight of dragons... soar in the purple light... in the sky... or in my mind"
  • Genius Bonus: If one listens closely, one can hear that the words of the song with which Sir Orrin is attempting to drown out the Sandmurks are those of "Sumer is icumen in" — the oldest secular song preserved in English. (If you listen closely, you also notice that instead of using the Middle Ages melody, he matches his singing with Peter's to add to the effect against the Sandmurks. Sadly, it doesn't work.)
  • Moral Event Horizon: Bryagh had crossed this before the plot even started, as Orrin ran afoul of him while he was quite literally eating babies (more specifically, dragon eggs).
  • Narm:
    • Sir Orrin's Heroic Sacrifice would have had more pathos if he hadn't effectively narrated that it cost him his life at the time. Some would argue Sir Orrin's big speech beforehand added to the awesome and his parting words made his death even more of a tearjerker.
    • Melisande's continual screaming is more annoying than either terrifying or piteous.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Arguably, it's a better Dungeons & Dragons movie than the actual Dungeons & Dragons movie.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The film is quite violent, with characters dying left and right. The vocabulary is also pretty advanced, with words like "antiquity" and "inevitable" thrown around, as well as various scientific concepts and studies name-dropped.