I wish it had the financing of a big budget movie studio, as I think some of the annoying issues would have been smoothed out. It definitely seems like a labor of love for the filmmaker. Everyone 14 and up in my household thought it was 'kinda cheesy', but everyone under 14 seemed to like it. I really wanted it to have the magic of a Sandlot or Goonies. It tries, but misses slightly as the characters don't have time to be developed into their own personalities. (Except maybe for Fin, who delivers some good lines).
The cinematography and landscapes are at times, breathtaking.
The score and music are at times, on par with big budget movies
The special effects are manageable.
There are decent one-liners (mostly by Fin)
I like the idea of an adventure/quest movie with kids saving Christmas
Most of the actors were decent
The plot itself stumbles along at times
The makeup/hair on the characters is odd - inspired by Pirates of Caribbean and Peter Pan and the Lost Boys?
The movie itself seems to 'borrow' plot lines from many different movies. My family and I made a game of how many different movie references we could pick out. For example, cutting the beehive down to get away from bad guys (Hunger Games).
There is very little Dragon in the movie, so the title is a bit misleading.
There are British accents, Irish accents and regular American accents which take away from the authenticity of the time period.
The acting by some is terrible, to the point I wondered how they might be related to the director.