Movie Review: Solomon Kane

I happened upon Solomon Kane a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

“Once a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting Spaniards in Africa, Solomon met the Devil’s Reaper and discovered he was bound for hell. Barely escaping, he soon renounced violence to atone for his past sins, seeking out redemption in a life of peace. That is until the followers of sorcerer Malachi kidnap a Puritan girl, Meredith Crowthorn, and brutally slaughter her family before his very eyes, forcing Solomon to take up arms and return to his violent ways once more to rescue her.”

Solomon Kane came out awhile back and apparently it didn’t do well at the box office. Not sure why. It was typical for fantasy, with dark magic and lots of sword fighting, but it was also a decent movie. Good acting, and the costumes and makeup added nicely to the dark atmosphere.

James Purefoy is excellent in the lead role as Solomon Kane. They took the time to develop Kane’s character early on instead of focusing more on the action. Then again, Purefoy is the sort of actor to enthrall an audience. A good thing because Solomon Kane is not over the top with special effects.

I had no idea there’s a Solomon Kane book series by Robert E. Howard before watching. The movie piqued my interest enough to want to read the books.

Dark fantasy is my preference and this movie delivered. If you’re looking for a decent good vs. evil fantasy to watch, try this one.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Book Review: Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell

Today’s holiday book review is Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell. Here’s what it’s about:

Join the big, red dog as he and Emily Elizabeth celebrate the season together. Clifford loves making snowmen, playing ice hockey, and helping out with the tree. But on Christmas Eve, when Santa accidentally drops his bag of toys into Clifford’s water bowl, the dog’s good heart and Santa’s magic make it the best Christmas ever!

This is a funny story with Santa falling into Clifford’s stocking and the toys falling into Clifford’s water bowl. Santa saves the day with his magic and all is well. Another wonderful Clifford book.

My Grade: B-

Book Review: Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans

Today’s holiday book review is Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans. Here’s what it’s about:

Children can celebrate a Parisian Christmas with Madeline, Pepito and all their friends.

Not much of a description. In this Madeline tale she meets a magician and buys rugs for everyone. The rugs become magical and get all the girls home for Christmas.

This tale is rated high, but I didn’t care for it as much. Some of the sentences were awkward and I’m not a fan of the illustrations in the Madeline books. So this review is more personal for me. If you like Madeline, I think you’ll love this book as much as everyone else.

My Grade: C-

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