The Magic Flute (2006)



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"The Magic Flute" takes place on the eve of World War I and unfolds as a young soldier waiting for the command to go to battle is transported into a twilight world between a dream and nightmare. He is sent on a deadly mission to rescue the daughter of the Queen of the Night from the dark lord Sarastro.
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Joseph Kaiser
as Tamino
Amy Carson
as Pamina
Silvia Moi
as Papagena
Rene Pape
as Sarastro
Lyubov Petrova
as Queen of the Night
Tom Randle
as Monostatos
Liz Smith
as Old Papagena
Teuta Koco
as Three Ladies
Louise Callinan
as Three Ladies
Kim-Marie Woodhouse
as Three Ladies
Tom Randle
as Monostatos
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Critic Reviews for The Magic Flute

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | March 20, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

In the end, love triumphs. In this movie, the music triumphs, proving again that a true masterpiece can survive all kinds of meddling.

Full Review… | March 20, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Apart from a fascination with the hate-spitting mouth and throat of Lyubov Petrova's vocally pyrotechnic Queen of the Night, the visual gimmicks are individually tolerable. But they don't add up to anything particular.

Full Review… | November 28, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Opera buffs shouldn't throw away their DVDs of Ingmar Bergman's 1975 TV movie.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
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Even though there were moments in The Magic Flute when I wondered if Branagh hadn't truly gone off his rocker, I found its audacity exhilarating.

Full Review… | September 20, 2006
Top Critic

It never adds up to more than a curiosity for opera fans.

Full Review… | March 28, 2016

Audience Reviews for The Magic Flute

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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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