The Magic Flute
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"The Magic Flute" takes place on the eve of World War I and unfolds as a young soldier waiting for the command to go to battle is transported into a twilight world between a dream and nightmare. He is sent on a deadly mission to rescue the daughter of the Queen of the Night from the dark lord Sarastro.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The results are often fascinating (I love the duet of the Armed Men, sung by a chorus of faces animated out of a wall of sandbags), sometimes ludicrous and never boring."
‑ Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail
"Opera buffs shouldn't throw away their DVDs of Ingmar Bergman's 1975 TV movie."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Like the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," it's all about the marriage of music and images."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A week is a long time in cinema. Last Friday saw Branagh being all but written off thanks to the ludicrous Sleuth. This week, he's hitting the high notes."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"The film is fresh, spectacular and unafraid to be called philistine."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"In the end, love triumphs. In this movie, the music triumphs, proving again that a true masterpiece can survive all kinds of meddling."
‑ John Terauds, Toronto Star
"Even though there were moments in The Magic Flute when I wondered if Branagh hadn't truly gone off his rocker, I found its audacity exhilarating."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"It dwells quite happily somewhere in the no-man's-land between "Perfect" and "Perfectly Enjoyable.""
‑ John Coulbourn, Jam! Movies
"His flamboyant rendering of the Mozart opera isn't as smug and stagey as Sleuth, but it is insufferable - and 40 minutes longer."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"A genial and good-natured production with much spectacle and entertainment to offer, and, like all of Branagh's classical revivals on celluloid, it manages to be high-minded and yet accessible."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Apart from a fascination with the hate-spitting mouth and throat of Lyubov Petrova's vocally pyrotechnic Queen of the Night, the visual gimmicks are individually tolerable. But they don't add up to anything particular."
‑ Martin Hoyle, Time Out
"Mozart in the Branagh meat grinder."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute comes on strong ... maybe too strong..."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"With James Conlon conducting, this Flute is perfectly in tune - so it's a shame Branagh keeps dropping it in the mud."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Despite the talent involved - Branagh is joined by Stephen Fry, who has written a new libretto - and the ambitious staging, this flute blows all right, but it's short on the magic."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
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