Avalon High (film)

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Avalon High
AvalonHighPoster.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre Drama
Distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Directed by Stuart Gillard
Written by
  • Julie Sherman Wolfe
  • Amy Talkington
Based on Avalon High 
by Meg Cabot
Starring
Production company
  • Sudden Motion Productions
  • Ranger Productions
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Disney Channel
Release date November 12, 2010 (2010-11-12)[1]

Avalon High is a 2010 Disney Channel Original Movie starring Gregg Sulkin, Britt Robertson, Joey Pollari, and Devon Graye. The movie is based on the book of the same name by Meg Cabot. It premiered on November 12, 2010, in the United States, January 22, 2011, in Australia and New Zealand, and January 28, 2011, in the UK.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

Allie Pennington, the daughter of two medieval literature scholars, transfers to Avalon High and becomes involved in a prophesied re-staging of Arthurian legend. Allie meets various new people who she later discovers are the reincarnations of figures from the legendary Camelot. She befriends two boys: Will, a quarterback and most likely the reincarnation of Arthur, and Miles, who has psychic flashes and is most likely the reincarnation of Merlin. There's also a third boy, Marco - Will's stepbrother, whom Allie believes is the reincarnation of Mordred and determined to kill Arthur (Will) – which would send the world into another dark age.

As Allie gets closer to her classmates, she starts to experience visions of King Arthur and becomes better friends with Will. She starts to suspect that the legend of the prophecy is true. She discovers at a party that Jennifer (Will's girlfriend) and Lance (his best friend) are having an affair behind Will's back. She fears that if Will found out he would suffer the same fate as King Arthur and meet his downfall, while her own feelings for Will start to grow. Together, Miles and Allie discover the day King Arthur is prophesied to return.

Will suffers from morale blows both in school and at practice that shake his confidence before the big game, which Will has to win in order to gain a scholarship to please his overbearing father. Allie tries to tell Will about Jennifer and Lance's affair but is constantly interrupted, so she enlists the help of Mr. Moore (Allie, Will, Lance, Magguy Stewart's medieval history teacher) to protect Will.

On the night of the game Will arrives early to school and sees Jennifer and Lance together and takes off; Allie and Marco give chase. Finding Will at the forest where they had previously spent time together, she tells him that he is King Arthur, but he takes it as a metaphor about him returning to the game. Allie and Miles then attend and watch as Will returns to the game as the prophesied eclipse and meteor shower take place. At half time, Lance apologizes to Will for the affair but Will instead gives his blessing for Lance and Jennifer to be together, forgiving them both. Will then asks to meet Allie after the game, but he disappears from the game. Allie and Miles go in search and for the first time, Miles uses his psychic power at will to find him.

Going to the school theater, they find an injured Marco outside and Will inside the theater, again Allie tells him the truth of his identity. Mr. Moore arrives and reveals that he is really Mordred and that Marco was actually a member of the Order of the Bear who was sworn to protect Arthur, and had been trying to gain Mr. Moore's trust. Mr. Moore (Mordred) then attacks the group. Allie grabs a prop sword to stop Mr. Moore, but it transforms into Excalibur, revealing that she is the real reincarnation of King Arthur. Mr. Moore and Allie duel in an alternate reality, where Will, Marco, Miles (Merlin), and Lance (Lancelot) are also present and fighting. With the help of Merlin, Allie defeats Mordred.

Back in the theater they are able to escape and Mr. Moore is detained. Will then returns to the game and promises to talk with Allie afterwards, and he proceeds to win the game. Miles now embraces his powers and becomes more social which gets him a girlfriend. At the end of the game, Will kisses Allie and they leave the game together hand in hand.

All the characters gathered together at the round table dressed as their legendary counterparts. The movie closes with Allie riding alone the beach on a horse

Cast[edit]

Songs[edit]

  • The Fire Theft - Chain
  • Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
  • Play - Destiny

Production[edit]

Filming took place in Auckland, New Zealand,[3] from May 3[4] to June 3, 2010.[5][6] Bethells Beach was used as a location for full-armour battle sequences.[7] Mechnology Visual Effects created 134 visual effects shots for the production.

Variation from the novel[edit]

The characters in the film are both renamed and have their mythic alter egos swapped, with respect to the way they are in the book. In the film Allie (Ellie in the book), rather than Will, is King Arthur (but several characters initially believe otherwise); Mr. Moore (Mr. Morton in the book) is the film's Mordred, replacing Marco; and Miles (instead of Moore/Morton) is Merlin, otherwise Miles is a character original to the film and has no other equivalent in the novel. In the film, Marco (instead of Moore/Morton) reveals himself to be a member of the Order of the Bear instead of being Mordred, and is determined to protect Will (believing him to be Arthur), although Allie initially believes Marco to be Mordred.

In the film, Mr. Moore reveals that he suspected Allie to be the Lady of the Lake (as she is in the novel) and is shocked that she is actually King Arthur. No explanation or reconciliation is given in the film as to why Allie is King Arthur and Will isn't, although in the book Allie is the Lady of the Lake and Will is King Arthur. The climactic battle scene, which in the book takes place in the ravine, in the film occurs in the school theatre (which magically becomes a beach).

The students are explained as the reincarnations of their alter egos, as opposed to merely corresponding to them. Allie is an only child; she no longer has a brother. Since Will is not Arthur, some connections are eliminated: Will's father is not trying to make Will join the navy; Will does not sail, nor does he have a dog (in the book there are connections to the names of Arthur's dog and boat). Avalon High's team name is the Knights, not Excalibur. Many potentially violent and threatening scenes were removed and scene settings changed to make the movie more appropriate for younger children.

Reception[edit]

The film's première was watched by 3.8 million viewers.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Legend Lives on at Avalon High". Disney Channel Medianet. 13 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Disney Channel & Disney XD Present Programming Plans for 2010-11". TVbytheNumbers.com. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  3. ^ Atkinson, Kent (31 May 2010). "Bollywood May Bolster Thin Patch In 'Wellywood'". Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  4. ^ "Production has begun in New Zealand on "Avalon High," a Disney Channel Original Movie that brings Arthurian legend alive at a contemporary high school". Disney Channel. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  5. ^ 11:58 AM June 3rd, Gregg Sulkin's Twitter. Quote: "Last day of filming on AVALON HIGH TODAY!"
  6. ^ 8:11 AM June 4th, Gregg Sulkin's Twitter. Quote: "Wrap party for Avalon High tonight!"
  7. ^ Smith, Jacqueline (11 June 2010). "A quick word: Steve Valentine". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  8. ^ Robert Seidman (15 November 2010). Friday Cable Ratings: Sanctuary Rises +Friday Night Smackdown!, Avalon High, NBA, Wizards of Waverly & More. Accessed 2011-08-08.

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