Monday, 1 March 2010

The Last Unicorn (1982) [* * * * *]

This beautiful story is rendered in medieval sketches that make you think of knights and dragons and damsels in distress.

The story is of the last unicorn suddenly realising that she's got to find the other unicorns or else the species is doomed. She sets off on the journey walking on man's roads after finding out from a butterfly that the unicorns were herded away by the red bull of King Hogart.

On the way she meets a travelling circus witch and an incompetent wizard and a bandit's romantic woman. As they reach the castle, she's transformed into a woman and her memory of being an immortal unicorn starts to fade.

This is a strangely wonderful movie. The soundtrack is by America, one of the most famous bands of that time (their title song is lovely). The myth of unicorns disappearing has long been about them returning to the sea as the elusive narwhals who journey to the land of the red sun, the arctic waters of Japan. A kind of reverse migration of species back from the land to the safety of the ocean. A lot of natural magic in this tale.

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