Mio in the Land of Faraway Reviews
*The story is about an orphan boy named Bosse (Nicholas Pickard) who lives with his mean uncle and aunt in Stockholm. One day he finds a bottle (with a spirit with long silver beard, in it!) and is brought to where the spirit says he belongs to; The Land of Faraway. Bosse gets to know that his real name is Mio, and he is son of the King of Faraway (Timothy Bottoms). The people of Land of Faraway has been waiting for countless years for Mio to come. Everybody knows that Mio is predestined to kill the evil Knight Katho (Christopher Lee) who terrorizes the country, kidnapping small children in the night, transforming them into crows and letting them fly around his castle. The only way to kill Katho is to stab him in the heart, with a sword of stone.
To his company, Mio has his friend Yum Yum (Christian Bale, in one of his earliest roles) and his white horse Miramis.*
Min Min Mio, is the movie adaptation of one of Sweden's most celebrated children's book authors; Astrid Lindgren. It's kind of odd if you ask me, that americans decided to make a movie adaptation of this, which in Sweden is considered one of her "weakest" stories and that's probably why the swedes never put it on the screen. There is something campy with fantasy movies from the 80s (The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, Labyrinth, ect.), which not necessarily makes them bad, but they can't compares to movies of today in the same genre, concerning special effects and so on. But then again, what beats a good story?
But I must admit, that for being a fantasy movie from the 80s, this is really good! Much better than The Princess Bride, anyway ;)
I used to like it a lot, when I was a kid (though it scared the hell out of me, and it took me about five attempts until I managed to watch it till finish!).
I was learned that some bottles can contain spirits with long silvery beard, panpipes are exotic and Knight Katho is The Badass of all time!
''Mio? My name is Bosse.''
Based on an Astrid Lindgren novel, this fantasy focuses on a Swedish teen drawn into a magical world to battle an evil knight.