Earthsea - 2004
A lush, grandiose dramatization of the first two novels in Ursula K. Le Guin's trilogy, EARTHSEA is an extravagant tour de force of epic magnitude. Shawn Ashmore stars as Ged, a headstrong young man who is discovered at a young age to be the possessor of unlimited magical powers, when he saves his village from invasion by its enemies. He becomes apprenticed to Ogion (Danny Glover), a great sorcerer, and travels to the isle of Roke, in order to acquire mastery over his powers. Eventually his impetuous temper and lust for excitement get him into trouble, and he challenges his fellow student and rival to a magical duel; Ged raises a spirit from the dead, which now walks the land in search of him. Ged must learn to take responsibility for his actions, and in his quest to undo the damage he has done, he conquers dragons, falls in love, and comes to terms with his own dark side. A boon to science fiction fans, this evocative tale is sophisticated in its philosophy while remaining exciting and compelling in its action. Also starring are Isabella Rossellini as the High Priestess Thar, and Kristin Kreuk as Tenar.