For me, it’s a good film to see because it helps in my learning of Swedish. And there’s a whole series of these films; Astrid Lindgren’s children’s stories adapted for tv, then made into DVDs. I’m sure children who love the stories would greatly enjoy the films too. However, I am an adult, and if Mio min Mio is anything to go by, it’s going to be a long, hard struggle to watch these films. I can get over the really bad effects and put it down to the era of the films (Christian Bale is a child in this). But, the plot is just, well, nonsensical. Of course, a little bit of artistic license must be given since it’s a fantasy film, but still.
The story is of an orphan boy, Bosse (Nick Pickard) in Sweden who has very strict adoptive parents, they actually wanted a girl, and it seems they don’t really like him because of this. He has one friend who he hangs out with (Bale), and there’s a lady at a corner shop who gives him the eyes all the time. Later the boy decides to run away, and meets the googly eye lady. It transpires that the boy is in fact the long lost prince of a far off land. The corner shop lady recognises him, gets him to send a letter for her (rather than tell him anything), and then he is transported away to this wonderful land (on a giant floating head’s long, grey beard, no less). There he meets his father (Timothy Bottoms), who calls him Mio, which is apparently his actual name, and then he gets a horse, and a best friend, the spitting image of his old friend, but again, a different name.
From there on in, I stopped caring. The characters aren’t likeable, or relatable to, the plot is just bland, and all in all, it wasn’t for me. I also don’t understand why, in a Swedish film, there are so few actual Swedish people in it? I could understand it if they were trying to get the film to be more successful in other countries, but then, if that was the case, why isn’t it in English? Nobody knew Christian Bale back then (this was before Empire of the Sun), so the only ‘headliner’ I can see would be Christopher Lee who plays the evil guy in the film (like you couldn’t have guessed). Kids who enjoyed the book might like the film, but I have a feeling, the book has more detail, and less ‘why?’ moments.