Sword-shooting, men transforming into monsters, a wall of screaming faces, and a power hungry ruler. These are just a few of things that The Sword and the Sorcerer has to offer. It is the kind swashbuckling saga that once you press play, you are taken to a world in which imagination is the order of the day. In this regard, the effects have flair to them — flair which is well-captured as the clashing of swords is emphasized by the igniting of sparks. Talk about forging steel! I have a feeling that even the most established of blacksmiths would be jealous of the craftsmanship on display, so much so that he wouldn’t think twice about increasing the durability of his metal. On that note, the moment in which Talon breaks multiple swords with a swift slash of his triple-bladed weapon is as elegant as it is rousing, so keep an eye out for it. Chances are you will find the virility appealing.

I’m thinking of the plot as it concerns the fate of Ehdan, which may not seem like much, but at the same time Cromwell’s efforts to conquer the city convey that he doesn’t take no for an answer. Sounds like a tough customer, doesn’t he? Well, you’d be right about that. In fact, as you observe the moment in which Talon’s father is executed, you’re likely to find that Cromwell’s efforts when it comes to usurping the throne are as cutthroat as they as indicative of the fact that he doesn’t take kindly to his authority being challenged, both of which Richard Lynch conveys well as he is no stranger when it comes to playing villains that you love to hate.

As for the battle scenes, they don’t come up short in terms of liveliness. And speaking of liveliness, during the scene in which the rebels clash with Cromwell’s guards, the score and the clashing of swords complement each other in a way that as you take them in, you will find yourself in the midst of the mayhem. It’s quite an experience, and it doesn’t hurt that Talon is kept on his toes as he takes on enemies as the battle reaches its climax. It’s thrilling to watch, so enjoy it. You won’t regret it.

Fantasy typically isn’t my bag, but I’m glad I gave this a chance. I think you will be too if you’re in the mood for some light viewing. And who knows? You might even learn a thing or two when it comes to teaching an evil king a lesson.