Published Dec 11, 2008Liberally borrowing from the usual fantasy-based sources with usurped thrones, racial disharmony and a battle for tolerance, Delgo is entirely unoriginal, bland and essentially vapid but is not offensive or outright bad. Rather it is more the bland, poorly animated fluff that children would normally watch on TV instead of the theatre. Most of the voice work is passionless and many of the battles appear to be straight out of a videogame, which likely explains why this film has been collecting dust on a shelf for the last four years.
This sci-fi Romeo and Juliet parable focuses on the affections of the Nohrin princess Kyla (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and an orphaned Lockni boy named Delgo (Freddie Prinze Jr.). Their potential union is hindered by differences in class and race, which are only exacerbated by an impending war between the Nohrins and Locknis in the land of Jhamora (rhymes with?), as orchestrated by the evil Nohrin Sorceress Sedessa (Anne Bancroft).
Toss in some noble warriors in the form of Val Kilmer, an Obi-Wan mentor in the form of Michael Clarke Duncan, a traitorous Malcolm McDowell and Chris Kattan as comic relief, or something at least attempting to be comic relief, and the generic plot is complete.
Aside from the generalized story and attempted balance between fantasy and sci-fi, Delgo also has little to offer most audiences, being far too grim for kiddies and far too boring for adults. Even animation junkies will be left disappointed by the cheap action and uninspired design of the reptilian creatures that populate the film.
A message of racial comity and a melding of class distinctions are certainly affable enough, as is a harmless presentation, however there is little here to commit to memory or respond to in any way other than with a resounding "meh." (Alliance)