Skip to content


Written By:

Andrew Marshall
Throne of Elves

When exiled dark elf Meyla comes into possession of doomy object of doom the Dark Crystal Gem, she uses its power to resurrect dead warriors as wraiths and kidnap her sister Mayre the elf queen in order to steal the Life Gem and attain absolute power. Attempting to stop her are generic YA hero Fish and his elven princess love Liya, along with a band of assorted fantasy stereotypes.

Although Thrones of Elves is a sequel to Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn (which was itself based on MMO Dragon Nest), it’s not necessary to be in any way familiar with either property, partly because the film deems no more backstory to be necessary than “we killed a dragon and fell in love,” and also because the film’s plot is so flimsy it requires very little concentration to come into it cold.

Fish’s cocksure arrogance is meant to be endearing, and while his every movement alternating between swaggering and posing is admittedly somewhat amusing to begin with, he swiftly becomes an obnoxious irritant and a frustration that he’s supposed to be the relatable hero. Liya behaves like a princess straight from an ‘80s fantasy movie, her characterisation ignoring the developments that have been made in the representation of gender roles in the intervening decades, voicing a desire to live her life free of rules but displaying little of the sense of responsibility necessary to actually do so. Other supporting characters, such as a burly barbarian, a Scottish dwarf blacksmith and an aloof elf warrior, are all so archetypal they barely warrant mention, and it speaks volumes that the most interesting of the ensemble are Fish’s pair of spherical furry pets who look like a cross between puppies and tribbles.

It’s a good 20 minutes before anything noteworthy actually happens, the preceding time spent laboriously introducing these characters who have the combined depth of an evaporating puddle. When things properly kick off, the lengthy scenes of luscious animation, set in detailed locations like the elven royal forest stronghold and Meyla’s mountain lair of a hollow stone dragon, do a moderate job in distracting from how little story there actually is. The action sequences, although unimaginatively choreographed, are a delight to watch, featuring skyship battles, slow motion archery, balletic swordplay and snaking ribbons of chromatic magical energy.

Visually luminous but narratively lacking, Throne of Elves is a visual delight and should be entertaining enough for the young audience at which it’s aimed, but older viewers will likely find its rudimentary and overfamiliar plot somewhat wanting.

Throne of Elves / Cert: TBA / Director: Yuefeng Song, Yi Ge / Screenplay: Ran Zhou, Christian Ford, Roger Soffer / Starring: Ryan Potter, Ashley Boettcher, Anika Noni Rose, Julie Nathanson, Kevin Michael Richardson, Enn Reitel, Gavin Hammon / Release Date: OUT NOW

Andrew Marshall

You May Also Like...


Free streaming channel NYX UK will debut a new, exclusive documentary about the controversial former video nasty Cannibal Holocaust in June, followed by a screening of Ruggero Deodato’s film. Cannibal
Read More

Jonathan Mostow – TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES [20th Anniversary]

The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day had a huge impact on the world of sci-fi from the second they were released, and at this point, there probably isn’t a
Read More
Doctor Who

Doctor Who Returns To The Cinema

It’s always a bit of an event when a season of Doctor Who ends, and the BBC have teamed up with CinemaLive to bring the last two episodes of Ncuti Gatwa’s first
Read More

Magic: The Gathering Gets Their Own Plush Charms

Players of Magic: The Gathering need all the luck they can get. Skill will only get you so far when it comes to Magic: The Gathering; you’ll always need a little
Read More

Soul Muppet Organises Last Minute TTRPG Industry Meet-Up

The UK Tabletop Industry Network has teamed up with the critically acclaimed SoulMuppet Publishing to organise a Table Top Roleplaying Meet-Up for creators, publishers and the like. This is a last-minute replacement
Read More
CYMERA logoWhiteonBlue

Top SF Authors Come To Scotland for CYMERA 2024

Scotland’s annual Science Fiction Literary Festival, CYMERA, has attracted some of the world’s most exciting science fiction authors. With over 50 events and 70+ authors, there’s plenty for everyone. CYMERA runs from
Read More