The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s genre has been chosen by Kristen of KN Winiarski Writes and we will be reviewing our favorite Classic Fantasy films (thru the 1970’s).
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Kristen!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Classic Fantasy films (thru the 1970’s)……
Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Nov 2020)
Brief Synopsis – While on his way back to Baghdad with his bride to be, Sinbad encounters a mysterious magician who requests his help in retrieving a Genie’s Lamp from an island guarded by giant creatures including a cyclops.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before coming across it (and its pseudo-sequels) during my research for this month’s genre.
They get the fantasy aspects of the story right and they are able to create a fun film that was groundbreaking for its time.
The film’s special effects are quite good for the late 1950’s and the stop action effects are great for that era.
The story is presented in an effective way and we ca easily root for Sinbad and his crew to prevail.
Of the three films in this series, this one is by far the best and there is no question that Kerwin Mathews is also the best actor to take on this role.
The film utilizes magic and fantastical creatures quite well and adds to the enjoyment especially given the fact that this film is able to develop these aspects so much better than was done previously.
Bottom Line – Fun fantasy film that was quite groundbreaking at the time that it was made. The stop action effects are quite good and the story is quite interesting. This is by far the best of the three films in the series and Mathews is the best of the three actors who played this character. The use of magic and fantastical creatures is done well and helps make things even more enjoyable because they are more developed than in films made prior to this one. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was the first feature using stop-motion animation effects to be completely shot in color. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite. Fun fantasy, but a bit too kitschy for its own good.
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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