I expected a minimum level of entertainment when I decided to watch the show in the first day itself. Also the campaigns for the promotion of the movie added much weight to the expectations, which always highlighted the big names casted in the film.
Yes! The thread had a lot of potential. Even though it was a centuries old storyline in the fantasy genre. A hero, going on a hunt to retrieve his love from a scary castle. A lot of hurdles on the way, lot of fantasy creatures, and never seen before places to pass through.... There was more than enough room for an Adventure, action packed visual treat in the given plot. Even with this familiar fantasy thread, the movie could have been made a memorable one, with a strong screenplay and some advanced cinematography and editing. Even the background scores and the songs were well below the average, which made it painful for the audience.
Starting 3-4 scenes, had somewhere some resemblance with bahubali. I am not complaining, but this is what i felt. Again, the camera didn't seem to use any kind of tints to create a feel of ancient days. Video as well as the audio department failed pathetically in taking the audience to another world. Even switching between scenes was not fluidic. The frames which displays the title for the first time and the introduction scene of the hero were at wrong timings, and couldn't generate any punch. The nicely trimmed hair of hero again added artificiality in the age in which the story happens. The costumes and make-up was not that bad , but lack of that colored tint in the scenes revealed that the materials were all modern.
In many occasions, we could feel the resemblance with many famous fantasy movies, and it was expected. The castle area appeared to have been adapted from the prince of Persia video game, and some monsters, weapons, and some fight sequences adds strength to that belief. Any one who have played that game(warrior within) would have come across the same feelings when he watch this movie. This opinion is just my own feelings and i don't want to argue about this.
Anyway, there were some occasions, or moments which gives the idea that direcion was not completely dry. And in many scenes VFX could show its potential too. Graphics was strong, but couldn't make its use to the best extent. Writer had good idea and good level of imagination and failed badly in the execution part. With this much amount of money and a proved set of actors, the movie fell miles short of a masterpiece.