The Magic Flute Reviews

  • Jul 19, 2013

    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.

    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.

  • Jim H Super Reviewer
    Jun 20, 2013

    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.

    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.

  • Mar 29, 2013

    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.

    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.

  • Feb 13, 2013

    Really excellent movie to watch.

    Really excellent movie to watch.

  • Feb 13, 2013

    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.

    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.

  • Feb 13, 2013

    "A Flauta Mágica" Deveria passar na Sessão da Tarde pra dar um pouco de cultura pro bando de batatas que assiste aquele programa. Nunca tinha assistido a uma ópera antes, nem nunca fui numa. Esperava que fosse algo bem chato, minhas espectativas eram baixíssimas. Achava que dormiria ou não aguentaria ver até o fim de tão longa a duração (em comparação a maioria dos filmes do Bergman)... mas achei bem legal e o tempo passou voando. Assistiria outras óperas depois de ver essa (se forem tão divertidas quanto). O único problema é o tema/ambiente, tããão fantasioso, parece Willow na Terra da Magia encenado. Odeio esses filmes fantasiosos-fantásticos, mas este achei legal, talvez porque não tinham anões nem fadas haha. O Papageno parece o Sam do Senhor dos Anéis. Mesma cara, mesmo jeito, mesmo papel secundário, haha. Muito divertido e ótimas músicas. "Excelente entretenimento pra família toda" deveria estar escrito na caixa.

    "A Flauta Mágica" Deveria passar na Sessão da Tarde pra dar um pouco de cultura pro bando de batatas que assiste aquele programa. Nunca tinha assistido a uma ópera antes, nem nunca fui numa. Esperava que fosse algo bem chato, minhas espectativas eram baixíssimas. Achava que dormiria ou não aguentaria ver até o fim de tão longa a duração (em comparação a maioria dos filmes do Bergman)... mas achei bem legal e o tempo passou voando. Assistiria outras óperas depois de ver essa (se forem tão divertidas quanto). O único problema é o tema/ambiente, tããão fantasioso, parece Willow na Terra da Magia encenado. Odeio esses filmes fantasiosos-fantásticos, mas este achei legal, talvez porque não tinham anões nem fadas haha. O Papageno parece o Sam do Senhor dos Anéis. Mesma cara, mesmo jeito, mesmo papel secundário, haha. Muito divertido e ótimas músicas. "Excelente entretenimento pra família toda" deveria estar escrito na caixa.

  • Feb 13, 2013

    The best, and only, screen version of Mozart's opera.

    The best, and only, screen version of Mozart's opera.

  • Feb 13, 2013

    If you want to develop an appreciation for opera, this is the place to start. Right from the opening it communicates Bergman's love of theatrical magic and the child-like wonder which the combination of whimsical fantasy and gorgeous music can create. An utterly charming film.

    If you want to develop an appreciation for opera, this is the place to start. Right from the opening it communicates Bergman's love of theatrical magic and the child-like wonder which the combination of whimsical fantasy and gorgeous music can create. An utterly charming film.

  • Feb 13, 2013

    Not Bergman's best, but then again Bergman WAS the best.

    Not Bergman's best, but then again Bergman WAS the best.

  • Feb 13, 2013

    A wonderful performance!

    A wonderful performance!