Deathstroke Knights & Dragons: The Movie (2020)

Chris Jai Alex, Sasha Alexander, Michael Chiklis, Noshir Dalal, Castulo Guerra, Delbert Hunt, Faye Mata,
Assassin Slade Wilson leads two lives: a relentless killer known as Deathstroke and a family man. Can he atone for the sins of the past-or will his family pay the ultimate price?
  • 6.4 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2021-09-21 Added:
  • J.M. DeMatteis, Writer:
  • Sung Jin Ahn, Director:
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Trailer:

6 / 10

Just Fine

Not much to say about this film.

It seems to have a brief origin story of Dealthstroke and the impact of him being a hired gun on his family which is a nice way to humanize him, especially in the latter half of the film with his son.

Nice fights, but that is about it. Not one of DC Animated best but I think it's serviceable if you want an animated feature on Deathstroke.

6 / 10

Okay

As a fan of the character, this could have been much better. The story was flat and the the voice acting never matched the characters they were playing. The animation style was also weird. What saved the movie was the gory action scene throughout. Nothing too crazy or extreme, but it saved the movie from being bad.

3 / 10

Wasted opportunity

Animation was decent, plot was unoriginal with generic action/superhero cliches, runtime bloated with too much exposition and the characters were one-dimenional and predictable with no consistency in personality, motivation, powers or ability. Deathstroke is one of DCs coolest and most complex characters, yet they gave him a basic superhero revenge/redemption story.

Waste of a great character and as well as an R rating that adds nothing to the screenplay.

7 / 10

Really good DC animated movie

Despite it's overly melodramatic approach and a forgettable villiain, Deathstroke Knights and Dragons: The Movie is still a really good DC animated movie that's fun and action packed. Michael Chiklis gives a great lead performance and Sasha Alexander, Griffin Puatu and Faye Mata are all really good. Sung Jin Ahn's direction is really good, it's well paced and the animation is also really good. The music by Kevin Riepl is good.

4 / 10

Deathstroke Expositions & Trops

Regrettably, the writing of the movie prefers to tell than show, in most of the conversations characters pause the movie to explain to the viewer something that could have been better integrated, and most of these times the other characters know the information already. Exposition is important and it is everywhere, in every storytelling format, but this movie is a good example of how to not do it.

The villain has an interesting character design, but he is poorly developed, with a horrible motivation to drive the plot, without spoiling it, you will find his reason for ruining Deathstroke's life quite laughable, and entirely his fault, it feels like an afterthought from the writer, added at the last moment, hurting the plot more than helping.

The animation style matches the theme of the movie pretty well, but it is sadly let down by a generic story that fails at any and every twist and turn.I am not sure why the movie is so violent when it seems to be written for a younger audience, trying to make Deathstroke into a relatable antihero.