If there’s one thing to be said about director Gary Rydstrom’s Strange Magic, it’s that it’s weird as hell. Based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the animated film from Star Wars creator George Lucas combines elements of fantasy, comedy and popular music. Surprisingly, the results aren’t disastrous, but it’s a far cry from being a “good” movie, and the whole of it is less than the sum of its parts.
Set in a magic forest divided by light and dark, the story follows Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood), a fairy princess who’s just been cheated on by her fairy captain fiancé Roland (Sam Palladio). With a new outlook on life, she decides to forget love altogether, unlike her sister Dawn (Meredith Anne Bull), who can’t stop talking about her potential suitors. Meanwhile, in the Dark Forest, a tyrannical Bog King (Alan Cumming) wants to eradicate love forever by destroying rare flowers used to create love potions. However, the evil ruler’s plan is quickly foiled by a scrappy young elf named Sunny (Elijah Kelley), which leads to a series of romantic mix-ups.