That Odd Mom received a copy of Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment for the purpose of providing this review. No monetary compensation was provided and opinions are 100% my own.
On Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on June 13, 2017
I'm always on the lookout for new movies to add our family watch list, especially in the summer time when all of our favorite shows off the air for the season. We are big fans of fantasy here, especially when it is family friendly.
Battle for the Heartfire is the fourth movie in the Dragonheart series, and rated PG-13. It falls in line with the other three movies which have received ratings of 12 and 13 and up on Common Sense Media. Just like the first three movies, it has sword and medieval style violence, but nothing too bad. You won't gore or Vikings style blood spewing, just typical events for the time. There is some nuanced adult humor/language speckled throughout, but nothing my girls, 12 and 8 picked up on.
When we sat down to watch I could have swore we had seen at least one of the previous movies, but as we got into it, it was clear we had not. Thankfully, they provide enough of the backstory from the previous movie for you to get the gist of it, making it possible to watch it as a stand-alone sequel.
"Patrick Stewart voices Drago the magnificent dragon who became bonded with King Gareth. When the king dies, his potential heirs, twin grandchildren who possess the dragon's unique strengths, use their inherited powers against each other to vie for the throne. When Drago's source of power - known as the Heartfire - is stolen, more than the throne is at stake; the siblings must end their rivalry with swords and sorcery or the kingdom may fall."
Blu-Ray TM, DVD and Digital HD Bonus Features:
The Making of Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire
The Magic Behind Drago
Inside the Castle
Rating: PG-13 for Violence
Runtime: 1 hour, 38 minutes
Here's a 10 Minute Trailer for You!
So What Did We All Think?
Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire had mixed reviews from our family, but overall I would call it a good family movie night.
The 14-year-old Boy: Watched maybe 10 minutes of the movie. While the rest of us enjoy fantasy, it currently isn't his thing. He's a teenager and has new found love for age-appropriate crud humor, as well as all things fast and loud. If your teenage son doesn't sit down to indulge kings, dragons and myth on his own, you may want to skip this one for your family movie night.
The 12-year-old Girl: She thoroughly enjoyed the movie, as she does all medieval style fantasy movies and TV shows. A big fan of Merlin and Once Upon a Time, a new this one would be great for her.
The 8-year-old Girl: Watched intermittently, but seemed to enjoy it when she was watching. If a movie isn't animated or full blown princess, chances are she's not going to sit through the whole thing. While I know the content was okay for her, I know my kids sensitivity levels and suggest that you screen the movie first if you have kids under 12 to be sure it is a good fit for your family.
The Parents: We both enjoyed it as a lighthearted movie that sent out a positive message of family bonds and taking responsibility for your own actions. I laughed a few times and really enjoyed the fact that didn't portray the women as weak and in need of the help of a man throughout the movie.
Overall, I would say it is a great pick to add your family watch list if you have tweens in the house. Bonus points if you are or will be studying the medieval time period or the vikings and want to add a little fiction in for comparison.
Have you seen any of the Dragonheart movies, what did your family think?