Avalon High

Gillard, S. (Director). (2010) Avalon High.  [Motion Picture].  USA:  Jaffe Braunstein Films

Review:

Allie Pennington is the new kid at Avalon High.  Being the new kid is nothing special for Allie, but Avalon High isn’t going to be quite like any of her other schools.   For starters, she might actually get to stay in her new digs long enough to not only try out for the track team but also stay for the length of the season.  Then there’s the Miles, the kid that seems to know what’s going to happen before it does.  To top it all off, listening to her parents go on about the legends King Arthur (their specialty) must be messing with her brain, because suddenly Avalon High is starting to look a lot like Camelot.

You can tell this is a movie for tweens and not teens simply because all the teenagers (minus the villain) are far too happy and nice to be real.  Like the Camelot itself, and Disney Channel’s other recent tween movies, Avalon High presents a very idealized version of high school and teen relationships.   Despite the twist at the end, everything in the movie is pretty black and white; there isn’t a whole lot of nuance.  The book it’s based on was not one of Cabot’s deeper stories, so it’s no surprise that the movie is a bit shallow.  However, it’s still fairly entertaining and might prompt interest in some of the more classic and complicated King Arthur tales.

Official Website: http://tv.disney.go.com/disneychannel/originalmovies/avalonhigh/

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