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"Many will complain about the lack of originality in "Delgo." Indeed, it's an archetypal fantasy story about a young, reckless hero, a wise elder, a damsel in distress, a wicked conqueror, and above all, a battle between good and evil. The only thing about this film that's original is the look, with typically medieval settings pushed aside in favor of a completely fictional, computer-generated alien planet called Jhamora. The characters are anything but human; they're divided into the amphibious Lokni people, the winged Nohrins, and an assortment of other strange beings that would pass for animals on our world. The pallet reminded me of the colors you'd see swirling on the surface of a soap bubble, bold shades of purple and green and blue with hints of red and orange. The visuals of this movie are so thoroughly extra-terrestrial that I find it hard to criticize them. I thought they were great to look at.
As for the story, yes, it follows a very well established formula to a tee. But did anyone complain about the lack of originality in "Star Wars," which was also about a young, reckless hero, a wise elder, and everything else I listed earlier? What about the "Lord of the Rings" saga? Or "The Chronicles of Narnia"? Or "Beowulf"? Poking holes in an archetypal story is pointless, in my opinion. If you don't agree, then you probably never liked such stories to begin with. All I know is that "Delgo" achieves exactly what it wanted to achieve, and because of that, I was able to look past its shortcomings and just enjoy it for what it was. The only thing I wondered about was how long ago it was made; it features a vocal performance by Anne Bancroft, who died in 2005. It seems a little odd that this movie was delayed for so long.
The setup: Long ago, when Nohirn lands became inhospitable, King Zahn (voiced by Louis Gossett, Jr.) made an agreement to share land with the Loknis. It wasn't long before tensions grew, the Nohrins claiming more land than was necessary. Then Zahn's power-hungry sister, Sedessa (voiced by Bancroft), launched an unnecessary attack against the Loknis, many of which were slaughtered. She then planned the murder of Zahn, his wife, and his infant daughter; she was caught before she could finish the job, which led to her being banished and having her wings cut off. The Loknis and the Nohrins formed a very shaky truce after that, forming a border that neither species is allowed to cross over.
The story proper: We meet a teenage Lokni named Delgo (voiced by Freddy Prinze, Jr.), whose parents died when Sedessa attacked his village many years ago. Ever since then, he's been living with Elder Marley (voiced by Michael Clark Duncan), a Zen-like master with mystical powers whose speaks almost entirely in proverbs. As hard as he tries to train Delgo with mind exercises, Delgo is stubborn, careless, and intolerant of the Nohrins. One day, while spending time near the border, he meets the headstrong Princess Kyla (voiced by Jennifer Love Hewitt). While there's an immediate attraction, there's also hostility, and it's made worse when Kyla's escorts--Raius (voiced by Malcolm McDowell) and Bogardus (voiced by Val Kilmer), both in Zahn's army--attack Delgo for making a wrong move.
Raius is secretly in cahoots with Sedessa, who's plotting to steal the throne away from her brother. This involves kidnapping Kyla and blaming Delgo for it, which in turn will start a war between the Nohrins and the Loknis. In order to save both Kyla and their peoples, Delgo and Bogardus reluctantly form an alliance; hopefully, they can put aside their differences long enough to stop Sedessa and prevent Zahn from launching the first attack.
No archetypal story would be complete without some comedy relief. On the Lokni side, there's Delgo's best friend, Filo (voiced by Chris Kattan), who sounds like a tweaker on a bad amphetamine high. On the Nohrin side, there's Sedessa's servant, Spig (voiced by Eric Idle), a bumbling dragon-like creature. Neither one adds much to the story, but then again, that's not what comedy relief is for. Filo and Spig provide the audience with a break from the action, and nothing more.
If what I've said hasn't piqued your interest, then it's probably best you avoid this movie. As I've already said, "Delgo" gives us nothing new in the way of story or character; with the exception of the visuals, it's about as formulaic as it gets. I'm recommending it mostly because it delivers at a basic level--you want a tried and true fantasy, you've got a tried and true fantasy. Some may not appreciate the animation, and I agree that it wasn't as polished as it could have been. Still, I've seen worse-looking CGI characters ("Star Wars: The Clone Wars" comes to mind). Ultimately, you'd be doing yourself a great disservice by expecting anything more from "Delgo" than what it promises. It functions in much the same way as a children's bedtime story: It's enjoyable even though it's been told to us time and time again. Consistency is always more comforting than originality. There may come a time when we will want a new story, but until then, we have movies like "Delgo" to keep us entertained."
UNEVEN AND FLAWED, YET FASCINATING FANTASY 7 OUT OF 10
ACEMAN1 | Ripon, California | 12/26/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I wasn't sure of what I was getting into with Delgo when I was getting ready to watch it. Despite the fact that customers on this site praise this film, this film on every other site I've seen has been savagely torn apart by critics and moviegoers alike (27 out of 100 on Metacritic and a 13% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes). I was pleasantly surprised with Delgo, and I actually got a decent film out of it. It's most certainly not the greatest animated film I've ever seen, and it will never make any "Best" lists, but it's still worth a look. WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The film starts off by telling us of a war between two races, and a power struggle between a royal family. An evil woman named Sedessa tries to take over more of the enemy's territory, and when she is banished from the royal family, she then kills the king's wife and then loses her wings and is banished to a faraway land where years later she attempts to start war again. We are then introduced to our hero, Delgo whose parents were killed in the war years ago, his friend Filo, and then a girl from the other race named Kyla who is the daughter of the king. Together the group (Along with some other friends) must stop Sedessa from taking over the land and murdering the king. MUSIC: The music is actually pretty good and it fits the mood quite well. I was never bored with it and it always flowed well with the film. ACTING: They managed to get some pretty good actors to play in this film, and for the most part the actors were actually pretty good. I don't who the voice-actor for the character Filo was, but he annoyed the ever-loving crap out of me. I was just rooting for the bad guys in this film to kill him off, but sadly it never came. If you thought the Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks was the most annoying character ever, think again there are much worse as proven by this character Filo. However, the rest of the voice-acting was good, even there were moments of cheesy dialogue. ACTION: This film's biggest flaw is the lack of originality in, well, everything to be precise. None of these characters felt original, and seemed to be the usual stereotypical fantasy heroes we're accustomed to. There wasn't really anything that made me care about these characters and there was just no real way to relate to them. This film does however, feature some pretty good action sequences that can be rather explosive at times and really fun to watch. However, there's always that nagging feeling in the back of your head because you've already seen this before in other (Superior) films. While the CGI animation looks pretty, it's definitely not the best-looking CGI film I've ever seen (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is the best-looking of them all, and I recommend you see it). OVERALL: While Delgo is most likely not going to wow you, it offers a good time that's worth the money despite the lack of originality. It offers enough good times that should keep the family entertained and there's enough humor to keep things flowing as well. However, you have other options at hand. Still, it won't hurt to try this film. THE GOOD: Good CGI animation, good music, good acting, cool action scenes. THE BAD: Nothing really feels original, some animation is stilted and awkward, and I despise the voice-acting of Filo."
An old story told in a new way
Chrijeff | Scranton, PA | 05/28/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie might almost be called "Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope (1977 & 2004 Versions, 2-Disc Widescreen Edition) in all-digital form;" as other reviewers have pointed out, it has many of the latter's elements--a naive and reckless young hero, a wise mentor, a mystical system of beliefs and battle skills, a traitor, and a far-distant setting. The planet Jhamora is inhabited by two races, the "barbarian" Lochni and the highly civilized, four-winged Nohrin, who uneasily share what's left of its space after the Nohrins' original country became uninhabitable some 20 years ago. A Lochni youth, Delgo (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), unexpectedly meets the Nohrin princess, Kyla (Jennifer Love Hewitt), and is drawn into a plot by her exiled aunt Sedessa (Anne Bancroft) to seize the throne from her father, King Zahn (Louis Gossett, Jr.), and destroy the Lochni once and for all. To thwart her, Delgo and his friend Filo (Chris Kattan) must free Kyla from her aunt's clutches, expose Sedssa's connection to the king's trusted General Raius (Malcolm McDowell), win over the loyalist Gen. Bogardus (Val Kilmer) to their side, and cope with the hazards endemic to their world, and Delgo must master the mystical training he's been getting ever since his parents were killed in the last Lochni-Nohrin war and he was taken in by Elder Marley (Michael Clarke Duncan).
Created totally by computer, the movie's best part is the sheer strangeness of the world it portrays, a strangeness leavened by the humanoid appearance of the Lochni and the Nohrin and by many of their artifacts (Nohrin architecture has a decidedly Art Nouveau look about it). The plants and animals are wonderfully imagined and the battle scenes suitably impressive. Of course it's not quite as convincing as live action might have been, but at least its creators should be given points for doing as well as they did, allowing for the ever-changing capabilities of computer technology, and for sticking to the project for the decade it took them to finish it."
maer | FL | 05/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My daughter found this movie while looking for movies here on Amazon. She researched it and decided that it looked interesting and would be nice for the whole family. It is a wonderful movie. They love the animation and how it is different than most animations that they have seen. I love the story line. I did think that it could have had a different ending. All-in-all, it is a good movie."
Great Imagination, So-So Script
T. Weber | USA | 04/27/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Delgo" features a wonderful, visually enticing world. There's a Star Wars/Dark Crystal vibe to the strange ecosystems and cultures that come alive in nearly every frame. I loved the computer animation, the details, and the textures. Unfortunately, the script could've used a little more fine tuning. It was almost there, and had some great elements, but had just a few loose nuts and bolts rattling through that kept it from purring along like it ought to have. One character in particular, Delgo's best friend Filo, really poisoned it for me: his overacting, Jerry Lewis-style antics, and general incompetence really didn't seem to fit the rest of the tale. It's still worth watching if you appreciate original, creative worlds and wonderful computer animation, but it's a little sad to think that it could've been better."