Avalon High is one of the Disney Channel’s original movies that they are airing during November sweeps. The movie is about a girl who moves to a new town and goes to a new school called Avalon High, which she soon finds out has Arthurian ties to it. Once she’s there, Allie quickly finds herself reliving the past and is trying to stop it from happening to the best of her knowledge. But she quickly learns that it is not what she exactly thought it was, and that her role in the whole story is much bigger than she realized.
The movie was done in good taste; they designed the set to do double duty when it came to modern times and Allie’s flashbacks. They also did a great job is giving the characters typical teen attitudes and also keeping the characters light-hearted. However, you may not find yourself laughing out loud during the movie. I will add that they did thrown in a twist at the end, which helped make the movie exciting, but it was also predictable in a lot of the ways. In a way, it was almost written in a manner that anybody who has watched a lot of tween/teen movies could predict what was going to happen next. That makes it a great option for kids and teens, but not something a lot of adults will enjoy as a whole.
For their characters, I will say that this movie does not have the strongest group. They all seem like every other teenage character in most movies. I also feel that they ripped off Twilight in some ways. I am not sure if that was their goal or not, but I feel that Disney should have went that extra mile to double check and make sure that it was not copying another movie. Still, I think the two biggest characters that stood out were Mr. Moore and Marco.
As I stated above, the plot was a little too close to Twilight for my liking. New girl, in new town and other things (which I will not share since I do not want to ruin the surprise for you)–that sounds like a basic clone of Twilight. It was more than slow in the beginning, but by the end, it did pick up enough to keep me interested. I do feel that the plot was too short, and they should make a sequel to keep the story going on, because it feels incomplete. Still, the plot did have its good points and did make it fun for younger people to see. I would just say that most adults would not enjoy this movie.
Set and costumes were good, and the production did a good job switching decades in this movie. It went seamlessly, and they also did a great job in the body armor department; it looked very real. I will say that they could have used a set that was a tiny bit more unique. It looked almost like exactly the other high school sets that movies use often. Perhaps they could have made it look older, so that you can believe that it would be used for King Arthur. Other than that, the sets were great, and so were the costumes that they used.
For the ideal age to watch it, I will say that pretty much any age can see this movie. I will add that while any age can see this movie, I do think some will be bored with it. It is not exactly a groundbreaking movie, and it does not have much to it besides the typical things most tween/teen movies have. However, it does get more exciting towards the end–which means you will have to deal with the dull parts first. Yet for a movie, it was ideal for kids to see, and while it is targeted to teens, more or less, I do believe that younger kids will also enjoy it. I really do not see any reason on why the older kids/teens were the only ones to whom Avalon High was marketed.
In summery, Avalon High was decent enough to see and would be a make a good family date night flick. Yet do not expect it to be exciting or have much uniqueness to it. Disney could have worked harder on creating a movie that was more unique and something that anyone can enjoy. This was one of their weaker ones, in my opinion, by a long shot. For a ranking of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I give this a 4. By all means, this is more of a kid’s movie than a regular family one. Does that mean it is bad?; no–yet it is not a general audience pleaser, either.