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|Genre:||Adventure, Fantasy, Romance|
|Regie:||Felix Fuchssteiner & Katharina Schöde|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 112 Min.|
Actually, Gwendolyn (Maria Ehrich) should concentrate fully on thwarting the plans of the dark Count of Saint Germain (Peter Simonischek). But she just can't stop thinking about her great love Gideon (Jannis Niewöhner). Were his feelings really only played and a means to an end, or does he perhaps love them after all? Even before the romantic fronts are completely cleared again, the two of them have to embark on exciting time travel again to save the world from the count's evil machinations. In the past, they also received help from Gwen's parents (Josefine Preuß and Florian Bartholomäi), who wanted to prepare their daughter for the final confrontation. But what happens then not only puts Gwen's abilities to the test, but also her feelings to the test, which requires an enormous sacrifice…
"Emerald Green" is the final part of the "Gemstone" trilogy based on motifs from Kerstin Gier's bestsellers. As in the second part, Felix Fuchssteiner and Katharina Schöde once again directed the film and wrote the script together. This is even further removed from the original book than was the case with previous films. Probably this was done in the hope of giving the already somewhat lengthy story a little more tempo, suspense and romance. But unfortunately this was not successful. Even though costumes and sets are convincing again, even though there are some very nice locations and Maria Ehrich once again proves to be a very good choice for the leading role, "Emerald Green" is by far the weakest part of the trilogy, which started out well in itself.
Not only that there are some tough moments in which the story keeps going in circles without really being pushed forward. Even the moments of tension like the final fight against the evil count are staged in a very bumpy way. One has the feeling that the film is desperately trying to be a great fantasy adventure, without being able to really come close to this goal. His tone alone is too unbalanced for that. On the one hand, like the books, the film is aimed at a target group that is the same age as "Twilight" or "Panem". On the other hand, there are too many gags that seem to be designed more for children. The director doesn't seem to be able to decide whether they wanted to direct a children's film or a Young Adult Fantasy romance. This creates an unbalanced overall picture, which makes all other weaknesses even more apparent.
The "Gemstone" trilogy may not be a masterpiece anyway - neither as a book nor as a film. Nevertheless the first two parts had a good entertainment value despite all justified criticism points, which was even increased by the sympathetic actors. But even though fans will certainly enjoy this finale, it cannot be denied that the quality curve has declined from film to film and has now reached a point that makes the farewell of Gwen, Gideon and the others anything but difficult. And therefore applies - also for faithful fans of the trilogy: Only conditionally worth seeing!
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