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      The Magic Flute

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      70% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 66% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A prince and his loyal companion battle to save a princess. Read More Read Less

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      Robert Everett-Green Globe and Mail The results are often fascinating (I love the duet of the Armed Men, sung by a chorus of faces animated out of a wall of sandbags), sometimes ludicrous and never boring. Rated: 3/4 Mar 20, 2009 Full Review John Terauds Toronto Star In the end, love triumphs. In this movie, the music triumphs, proving again that a true masterpiece can survive all kinds of meddling. Rated: 3/4 Mar 20, 2009 Full Review Charlotte O'Sullivan London Evening Standard A week is a long time in cinema. Last Friday saw Branagh being all but written off thanks to the ludicrous Sleuth. This week, he's hitting the high notes. Rated: 4/5 Nov 30, 2007 Full Review Sarah Manvel Cinemattraction The Magic Flute is an enjoyable entry into opera and will definitely be regularly shown in high schools once it comes out on DVD. Feb 11, 2019 Full Review Matthew Turner ViewLondon It never adds up to more than a curiosity for opera fans. Rated: 2/5 Mar 28, 2016 Full Review Phil Hall Film Threat Mozart in the Branagh meat grinder. Rated: 0.5/5 Dec 13, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member In English!!! Very clear and easy to understand English! Great singing. Great orchestra playing, and great production values. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review s r I thought that this was without music, but it was the opera set in a war setting, wwi ish setting. I enjoyed the clarification on the story because in seeing the opera the plot always seemed to elude me. It was an interesting twist on the original story though. After seeing this I now know what it is and am glad I saw it. The plot however still is vague, but the music is still great and the singers strong as well. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member In this adaptation of Mozart's classic opera, Tamino is fights for his love in World War I era trenches. Kenneth Brannagh, whose Shakespearean adaptations don't always use the advantages of film, makes up for it in this rendition of Mozart's opera. Visual effects abound in Brannagh's best imitation of Julie Taymor, and while some of them are effective, most of the visual stylings do little to advance the plot even though they're fun to look at. The acting and the singing are the real highlights of this film; many of the actors, particularly Benjamin Jay Davis, are able to satisfy the high demands of opera while focusing their work for the film. Overall, I enjoyed this film even though Brannagh is no Julie Taymor. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Just watched Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of the famous opera "The Magic Flute" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. Combine all these great minds together and you get a splendid comedy drama about men and women and bird lovers and screeching queens and good-hearted villains and a menacing chicken and angelic nurses. Kenneth Branagh and his crew intelligently set the Classical era opera during the World War I era and have the libretto translated from German to English, while still making sure the new words fit the music by the Classical genius. Instead of starring film stars, Branagh starred real opera singers for the parts so that he would not have to dub the opera singers' voices over, which would make the film rather artificial. Overall, the film is a great orchestration of sound, effects, music, drama and comedy. This is a definite must-watch for all opera- and musical-lovers. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Really excellent movie to watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Ok, so the story is just a glorifying of the Masonic cult, and it is sexist like you wouldn't believe - though the Swedes have toned down the chauvinist tone of the original opera somewhat. But the music...glorious. Every soprano wants to sing "The Queen of the Night." If you've never heard it, be prepared to be blown away! Very fun that this is Swedish, and Papageno is adorable. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A prince and his loyal companion battle to save a princess.
      Kenneth Branagh
      Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Simon Moseley
      Kenneth Branagh, Stephen Fry
      Production Co
      Idéale Audience
      Romance, Music
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 22, 2017
      2h 15m