April A-Z Challenge, April 14, Letter L: Movie Review – The Last Unicorn (1982)

Movie Synopsis: In a world long since past, a unicorn, a young magician, and a middle-aged woman work together to try and stop an evil king who is intent on capturing all remaining unicorns on the face of the earth.

Movie Review: I hadn’t watched this animated fantasy / sci-fi movie in a long time, and I watched it again recently, and was again impressed by the quality of this film.  This was a great example of a serious animated movie which was written with an adult audience in mind.  The movie has an excellent screenplay, and the writers have done an exceptional job weaving a complex tale with a great plot, and dynamic characters that are interesting and nuanced.  Whether it be the Unicorn, Shmendrick the magician, Molly, or the evil King Haggard, all are animated wonderfully and allowed to demonstrate multi-dimensional characters.  Voice talents including Angela Lansbury, Rene Auberjonois, Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, and Mia Farrow is exceptional.  The various settings of the film are animated very nicely, bringing us into a somewhat dark story and adding to the foreboding textures of the plot.  The music was composed with the story in mind, and is a nice fit and a true part of the story.  The overall majesty of the Unicorn as the main character of this movie was visualized nicely, and the conclusion was 100% what it should have been – a powerful ending that left the audience thinking.  Overall, this is a great animated fantasy epic.  Well Done!

Overall: 5 stars out of 5 stars.

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