El Corazón del guerrero (2000) from Tuna

El Corazón del guerrero (2000), translated The Heart of the Warrior, is the best attempt I have seen to bring Dungeons and Dragons to the screen.

Fernando Ramallo lives for his nightly D&D game, in which he takes the part of the character Beldar, a great warrior (played by Joel Joan). As the film opens, we are in a dungeon, seeing the fantasy Beldar, and his true love Sonja (Neus Asensi) in an adventure. The costumes, in some cases, came from the original Conan, and the action has similar humor to the Indiana Jones films. Cut to Ramillo's mother waking him from his fantasy dream. We learn that she is a single parent, and works the second shift as a nurse, which explains why Ramillo's fantasy life is more appealing to him than his real one. His best friend, who also plays in the D&D game, is more of an X Files junkie, mostly because he is hot for Scully.


Neus Asensi shows breasts, buns, and partial bush in several scenes, and wears a very brief leather costume in the warrior sequences.
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Ramallo finds his real-life Sonja who, like Quixote's Dulcinea, is a hooker. All of the other characters in his fantasy life are also based on his real life activities. The problem is that he is having more and more trouble distinguishing reality from fantasy, and ends up purely in his fantasy mode, trying to break a curse. It is in this mode that, on a trip to the parliament (actually shot in parliament chambers), he throws a knife at the Young Democrat Party leader, and becomes wanted by the police. The more personally he is involved with the fantasy quest, the less we see of the Beldar persona. 

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  • The film won several fantasy festival awards, and was nominated for two Goyas.

The People Vote ...


IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is at least a C+. I consider most films in this genre garbage, but I enjoyed this one.

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