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Music aside, little is sprightly in fairy tale
Published in 22-1-2015
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There are good things in the animated musical fantasy "Strange Magic": the ultra-detailed, photorealistic animation; the name-that-tune pleasures of a mashup-jukebox soundtrack; fine vocal performances from the cast's actor-singers; and a transcendent sequence featuring the 1975 title song. The beautiful fairy Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) is set to marry handsome but loathsome fairy Roland (Sam Palladio) for no apparent reason. The music, the film's lifeblood, has energy and inventive spirit. To a gorgeous reworking of Electric Light Orchestra's hit used as the title song, Bog King takes Marianne on a tour of his initially frightening domain, revealing the beauty within.