Avalon High is a Disney Channel Original movie based off of the book “Avalon High” by Meg Cabot starring Britt Robertson, Gregg Sulkin, Joey Pollari, and Steve Valentine. The story is about a girl named Allie, played by Britt Robertson whose family is constantly moving for their careers as writers of medieval history. The family finally settles down in a place and plan on Allie being able to graduate from the local high school called Avalon High. But it would seem that there may be a connection between the students at this high school and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
I chose this film because I have been in search of as many Disney Channel Original movies that I can find since Disney Channel Original movies are usually fun to watch. I rather enjoyed this film as the characters were interesting and the actors that played them did well with their portrayals. My favorite character was Miles, played by Joey Pollari, who was very believable as eccentric young Merlin. Gregg Sulkin plays, Allie’s love interest Will, played by Gregg Sulkin, had a British accent try to emerge from him and IMDB lists that he was born in London.
Another great aspect of the film was the setting and scenery. According to IMDB, they filmed in New Zealand and the scenes of the beach, town, school, and woods are beautiful. Like in most Disney films, the color scheme, props, and scenery are all visual appealing. The special effects in the movie were decent as well.
There were a few minor details that I thought were interesting choices like the name of the football teams: Avalon High’s football team is called the Knights and the opposing team that they play the final game with is called the Dragons. These were appropriate but subtle names [ed. note: No, those aren’t subtle, those names hit you upside your head like a ton of bricks]. The other minor detail is a song I recognized in the film, “Battlefield” by Jordin Sparks. I believe they chose that song because of the lyrics as the song itself, while about love, references starting a war, a battlefield, and getting armor. In this case, somehow the song fit and made sense. The rest of the music was middle of the road but did not hinder the film.
I liked the movie and liked that they put a modern spin on a classic story. There is a twist in the story that I did not see coming but it is a good twist. The movie also has a great ending. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for a family friendly feel good movie.
Rating 4/5 Stars