For a while now, a group of Zelda fans have been working on The Hero of Time, a fanmade film based loosely on the events of Ocarina of Time, and today it has finally been released for public viewing.

It’s a small-budget independent project, so don’t expect the special effects to be Avatar standard, but once you look past that, The Hero of Time is both entertaining and an impressive testament to the dedication of the Zelda fanbase. You can watch it here.

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  • ChainofTermina

    well. I guess now is a good a time as ever to finally watch it. I didn't really want to. as some of you remember, I hate it, HATE IT, when anime or a cartoon or yes, even an anime-ish videogame, such as Zelda, is adapted into Live action. I think it is weird looking, unimaginayive, and INCREDIBLY inaccurate. but to be fair I gave it a chance.

    7 minutes. I watched the first 7 minutes of this movie, and, well, I don't mean to be offensive, but I was appalled. only 7 minutes in, and I can't even remember how many things were wrong. I'm know I sound incredibly harsh, but that's just the way I am when it comes to live action adaptations of things that clearly need to be animated. But you know, no. the Live action isn't what's wrong here. even if this was animated, there would still be things wrong with it. you need to ACCURATE people! you can't just make up stuff and change shit around. this is supposed to be based of OoT? well lets see just hoew similar it is.

    I have never heard that back story before. the goddesses created Hyrule and the Triforce was a biproduct of the land and the goddesses departure. the Triforce was not made specifically to aid the people! that's preposterous! and they didn't even mention the "it reflects the holder's heart" or the "grant the wish of whom ever touches it. It's not supposed to be separated until Ganon tries to take it! Link didn't have it at the very beginning! Did they even play OoT?

    skip ahead to Link. oh, he's half naked. charming. traditional green tunic, ladies and gentlemen, they just forgot about it. maybe he gets it later on. nope. he gets dressed into a white fleecy shirt. no hat. nice. Well maybe he gets the tunic even Later! but you know, thats not the way Ocarina of Time went. He was always wearing the green tunic and hat in the game. and he should in the movie.

    who the hell is this chick? Saria? So saria has long dark brown hair now. wonderful. oh wait, no, it's not Saria, it's someone who wasn't even in the game! and She's Link's Kokirian mother. this just keeps getting better and better. they have a conversation that reveals that Link ALREADY KNOWS HE'S NOT A KOKIRI! These people are totally ignoring the game. and why do the Kokiri look like they're 14? they're supposed to be 10 until they die! I'm not watching this. it's Eragon all over again. that was an awesome story and Hollywood fucked it up as usual. and now some people are tring to do the same thing to Zelda. WHY CAN"T MOVIES EVER FOLLOW THE STORY THE WAY IT"S SUPPOSED TO GO!!!

    • Z-MAN7

      @ChainofTermina

      Seriously dude, chill the hell out.

    • asdf

      Nerd. It's a movie. shutup.

      • ChainofTermina

        nice argument! ;D

    • katimadanny

      Don't think of the movie to be exactly like OOT. If you have expectations for a movie exactly like OOT then you will obviously be disappointed. Enjoy the movie for what it is and not what it should have been.

    • famicube64

      Would you honestly want to watch a movie that was 12 hours long? That's what it's be like if directors followed the books/games/events exactly without skipping ANYTHING.

  • ChainofTermina

    again, that was nitpicking and very harsh, but ever since Eragon, I don't trust Live action movies adapted from other forms of story telling. Just look at what Hollywood's doing to Vampires! manipulating mind-rapers.

    • Edracon

      ChainofTermina…. you only watched the first 7 minutes so you can't say anything. Also, it's not Hollywood that's ruining vampires, it's the writer of the series of books called Twilight. Also, this isn't a Hollywood film, and it's NOT based off Ocarina of Time, it's LOOSELY based off of it, there is a difference.

      • ChainofTermina

        I know I didn't really watch enough to have a legal opinion, but as many other people said, they felt it was a waste of their Time. I could tell it was going to be a waste of Time from the minute I saw Link stumbling through a river, so I didn't even bother continuing.

        and I guess I apologize. I didn't know "LOOSELY" meant they twisted up and fucked around with an already good story and just made up a bunch of crap so they could seem creative.

        and as far as Twilight goes, you know that book was published in 2005, right? that stupid franchise would have a quarter of the fame it has now if it wasn't or Hollywood. it only became really famous once it became a movie.

        • Ronnie

          Twilight was actually really popular before the movie came out. I work in retail and remember when the books were released and how crazy it was when each one was released, and they all came out before the movie.

    • Labrynian Rebel

      If I show this movie to my younger siblings who I think would enjoy it, the problem is that I don't want them to get their little minds absorbing 99.99% wrong information about the zelda mythos. Fortuantly, they have both read Eragon, and then saw the Eragon movie, so I can just say it's "as based on zelda as the eragon movie is based on eragon, but unlike eragon this isn't unbearable" and they'll understand completly.

  • Feri-san

    I did watch a great deal more than 7 minutes but I must admit it wasn't my cup of tea either. Even loosely based on OOT, I was not driven by the story. I don;t know. Just wasnt. The acting was so-so for the most part, it was decent but could've used some more work. I liked the CGI effects though, for a low budget film, the effects were impressive! I also loved the music c:! but yeah, it's over the top of fanfilms. nothing too great, but it was okay, and I truly and deeply admire these people's dedication 🙂 and im sure if they continue or pursue another such project, i think theyll do an even better job. Experience does that to you c:

  • Curly Q

    Wow… this is… wow… that was 2 hours my life wasted. there were so many things wrong with this pitiful movie. ok first off, link and zeldas eyes should be blue, second, the link in this movie is just punk who just swings a sword acting like he knows what he's doing when it looks like he's not. Also I do think that the actors need a little bit more practice and they should also make the characters who they really are in the game, like saria, her hair is green not brown. Also ganon and link fought in the castle not in hyrule field. there are so many things i can point out here that is wrong. oh also, i would like my 2 hours of life back!

    • The movie is terrible because they didn't get small details right? Do you know what the term 'LOOSELY BASED OFF OF' means?!

      Grow up.

    • Agent Yellow

      Hey it was free, so don't complain too much about it.
      I'm pretty sure you've done plenly of othe rthings that were a complete waste of time, some of which you probably paid for.

  • Z-MAN7

    Forget all you haters who nit-pick every small detail. If you enjoy the movie what it is, you will have a much better time watching it. The Hero of Time is awesome!

  • guy

    There Will Be Brawl was more accurate to Link, Zelda and Ganondorf than this…

  • STUFF2o

    I haven't watched it yet, but just saying, this is a fan made film, and I extremely doubt that anybody here could make anything near the decency of this movie. So, unless you've made your own feature length film based off a video game, shut up. If this were made by Hollywood, you would have the right to complain, because they have the resources to make it better, but these are just fans, you're lucky they even have costumes.

  • linklovescatsonTP

    Well….. here is my opinion. brace yourselves. PEOPLE WHO CARES ABOUT THE DETAILS CAN YOU DO THIS STUFF?! I DOUBT IT! AGENT YELLOW AND Z MAN YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME! YOU JUST CUT DOWN MY OPINION FROM ABOUT 2/4! I THINK YOU PEOPLE SHOULD WORSHIP THESE PEOPLE LIKE I DO 2 THE TRIFORCE! THEY SPENT WHO KNOWS HOW LONG MAKING THIS MOVIE AND YOU GUYS ARE MAKING THEM FEEL LIKE THEY SUCK EGGS! BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES! I THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEST THING I'VE SEEN SINCE TP! LINK LOVES CATS ON THAT GAME! HE REALLY DOES! HAIN OF TERMINA, I RESPECT YOU ZELDA FAN, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, YOU SUCK EGGS! AND GUY, TURN YOUR NAME TO EGGS TO MATCH CHAIN OF TERMINA! that is my opinion. =)

    • linklovescatsonTP

      oh yeah and that is not meant to be offensive in any way. i let out my inner gannondorf there. SORRY! 2 Chain of Termina and Guy. time for my 7:00 triforce worship! bye guys!!!!! again sorry stupid gannondorf get back in there!

    • Edracon

      Actually…. it sucked eggs, the movie… it just sucked really really really really bad. To me the writing and acting was worse than that of the Zelda CDi games, (note: I have not played it, I'm talking about the voice acting and writing)

      • linklovescatsonTP

        yea……. youre not as bad as COT but i liked what STUFF20 said and i am a zelda freak i overload on too much zelda stuff.like i said i worship the triforce…… but i must say, Link grunting like hes constipated wouln't have made the movie any better. just more like the game. but, if they were able to make CG awesomeness monsters, why couldn't they make a Goron? plus zelda was acting horribly, i agree. she cried too much and acted like Bella in twilight. I watched it because my girlfriend dragged me in there. plus it had "Twilight" in it which reminded me about Link and Jovanni"s cats =)

  • Jin

    Yeah I watched it completely and gave it a chance and I really feel like I wasted my time as well. Even if you don't look at this as a Zelda movie it's still boring =/

    Small review:

    Acting: Was in most cases poor, most of all Link himself which is a shame seeing how it's him in the spotlight. There were some good actors in there though, especially the fire sage who was really into her part (and totally hot, no pun intended). The sword fights are pretty good as well for a budget movie, not amazing but it works.

    Story: Since it's loosely based of OoT I wont complain about how it's so different, but they made it very uninteresting. The whole Malon thing seemed pointless as they go nowhere with it after he meets Zelda. Link & Zelda kissing seemed to be in there just for fanboys dream sake. In fact a lot of the scenes seem pointless and just filler while they could have used those to explain things a bit better.

    Special Effects: Why are Link's wounds visible, but Ganondorf (nor any of the guards/gerudo) shows no blood or wounds after being stabbed in the stomach… What happened there? Ran out of make up? Out of time? Or just too lazy? Backgrounds, fire & dragon effects looked good for low budget, sometimes a bit too much use of bloom though.

    Outfits: Now I know it's not easy finding good actors who also look like the role they need to play so I understand Zelda or Saria having brown hair. What I don't understand is why they didn't bother getting the outfits right. I've seen better cosplayers, so even if it's low budget there''s no excuse for this, even if it's loosely based on OoT. Ganondorf did look quite good, so I'm not sure why they decided to get rid of the sideburns and outfit, and went with a less impressing Ganondorf in the later part.

    Also GORONS ARE NOT ASIAN PEOPLE

    Music: One of the few positive points. Music was great and fits with the scene. The music box was a very nice moment. No complaints here.

    All in all: If you don't have anything better to do, give it a view, but don't expect anything too interesting, even for a low budge movie. With all respect though, it was a nice try and definitely don't stop trying, we all have to start somewhere.

  • Edracon

    Ok…. I watched it… Bloom was annoying as hell, lighting sucked alot…. Why the British accents? Why didn't the Deku Tree sound like an awesome old man, he sounded like a demon… Music is the only good thing I found in this movie.

  • JRose

    Seriously. This sucked. There isn't a single redeeming quality. And it's not just because they messed up the story. As a filmmaker myself, I know full well the changes that need to be made to make a movie like this work and for the most part, the story was a decent adaptation.

    But the actual script was terribly written. Poor dialogue and atrocious pacing throughout. Seriously, why did it take 2/3 of the movie for him to remove the Master Sword, and then TEN MINUTES to go through all the "dungeons", fight all the "monsters" and save all the sages who we don't even get to see?

    The acting was even worse. Look, even GOOD actors have trouble doing a British accent, and not ONE of these "actors" had anything even close. Link's was by far the worst, which was a shame since he talked the most out of anyone. The guy playing Ganondorf and the girl playing the Fire Sage did okay, but that's probably because they didn't even try to use a fake accent. And British accents were completely unnecessary. This isn't a British story. Just because it's fantasy doesn't mean it needs to British!

    Directing was horrible, too, as was the cinematography. I blame the director for not making sure everybody pronounced all the names the same. The best part was when two random townsfolk were arguing over whether it was "Grr-u-do" or "Jrr-u-do" but then all the main characters couldn't decide if it was Geru-doh or Geru-doo. Then there was the whole Mahl-on, Tahl-on, Mal-on, Tal-on thing. Look, we get it. These names are hard and most of them don't have a set way to pronounce them. But it's the directors job to choose one way over the other and make sure they all stick to it.

    CGI. Oh, CGI. Good for a no-budget film, I guess, so I won't be too hard on it. But one thing that I will not accept is the fact that they didn't bother rotoscoping the Triforce marks on their hands. The Sharpie was obviously there so they could replace it in post, but then someone got lazy and thought it wouldn't matter. Trust me. It does.

    Editing was lousy, continuity even worse. Costumes were drab and uninspired. Little details were missed that should have been easy as heck to fix. How hard is it to spray paint an ocarina blue, guys??

    The music was good, if uneven. I don't know why they didn't just stick with the actual Zelda music, as there wasn't a single song off the soundtrack that came anywhere close to the level of Koji Kondo.

    And before any of you try to forgive them on ANY of these aspects because "it was a fan film," I'm going to point you off in the direction of The Hunt for Gollum, and Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy. Two low-budget fan films released this year, both excelling in every department I've listed. It CAN be done. But BMB Finishes just couldn't pull it off.

    • ChainofTermina

      yeah! What he said!………or she…….can't really tell through text…….

      • Z-MAN7

        @ChainofTermina

        You can't say anything, you watched 7 minutes of the movie, got mad at it for not being exactly like the game, and came here to rant.

        How about making your full honest opinion and not just agree with others.

        • ChainofTermina

          what do you think that giant first comment was?
          I'm not watching this whole thing. from just the first few minutes I could tell it was going to be stupid, so I stopped. and other people said it was a waste of their time too.
          and if you don't believe me, just read JRose's comment. I do know that is a much better argument than mine, but it's still saying the same thing.

          and yeah, I do get mad when a movie isn't exactly like the book or game or whatever. it's not the same story. if someone didn't read the book or play the game, then they don't know the true story and how it was supposed to happen.I really like Harry Potter and Eragon. but I don't like the Harry potter Movies, I am very glad the Eragon movie did so bad in the box offices, because calling that movie a piece of shit compared to the book would be an undeserved compliment. I do not think that books or games or animes or whatever should be made into live action movies at all, unless they're exactly like the original.

          • Edracon

            Which is IMPOSSIBLE. The Harry Potter Movies were about as close as a movie ever got to the book it was based off, Eragon (the movie) just sucked.. And what's your problem, you complain about everything without even giving anything a chance. You did the same thing when it was Link VS Gordon Freeman. Just shut up.

          • ChainofTermina

            RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE

            I WILL NOT BE SILENCED!!

            I completely agree with you. Makeing a Live action film be exactly like the book is pretty much impossible. which why no one should even attempt making it into a movie at all. unless they use the actual book as the script. no one ever seems to do that. I would, if I made a novel movie.

          • Edracon

            That would still be impossible as you can't convey all the thoughts and actions that occur in books through a visual medium (image-wise). If you did use an entire book as a script, it would most likely end up being 7-8 hours or more of film, no one would watch it. You don't seem to understand that, it's impossible to transition and entire book to a screenplay seemlessly.

          • ChainofTermina

            it is if it's split into multiple movies.

          • ChainofTermina

            I know it seems impossible at first thought, but it's not. When ever I read a book, I picture it visually. I pretend I'm watching it on a screen. I come up with designs, settings, what everything would look like all in my head. but because I know what it looks like, I can easily transfer it to paper. thats another thing I do: picture it as being animated. Personally, I don't know why people seem to think that Live action is so much more serious and animation is for kids. Thats why I like anime, it doesn't treat it's viewers like they're Five. I really don't know why you can't take any American action film, animate it, and have it be just as serious and adult.

          • ChainofTermina

            seriously, live action has the limits of physics and reality, but you can draw anything you want!

          • linklovescatsonTP

            THAT'S IT!!!!!!!!! CHAIN OF TERMINA, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A LEGEND OF ZELDA MOVIE FROM YOU AND WE'LL SEE WHO'S IS BETTER! DID YOU READ MY MESSAGE TO YOU???!!!!

          • linklovescatsonTP

            And also read the description in the article. There are two key facts that will help you understand " LOOSLY based off of Ocarina of Time," and " don't expect this movie to be Avatar standard." Beat up on that!

          • ChainofTermina

            umm……..no.

            I can't do what they did, but if your gonna do something, do it right. and they did not.

          • Edracon

            Even though it was loosly based off of it, that is no excuse for bad film making. Most of peoples complaints have to do with bad lighting, too much bloom, the stupid gorons, the badly written script, and other such things. Notice, no one really complained about the 3D effects, because the 3D effects weren't really all that bad. It's the the basic film making that sucked.

            IT IS THE WORST SMALL BUDGET INDEPENDENT FILM I HAVE SEEN.

            The fan-made ghostbusters film were much better, they even had better acting, and they were incredibly low budget and fan made. This movie had no excuse for being terrible. Not even the MGS fan film was bad.

          • linklovescatsonTP

            well theyre just trying to make a cool movie for us geeks to watch and enjoy. they didnt really have a game based off of it, just that's the best story that loz ever did and the easiest to do. (u know wat i meen tp is too hard to copy into a movie) and they were just making a random new story. i noe that because my dad noes the actor of gannondorf.

          • Edracon

            Your dad knows the guy who grunts into the mic for Nintendo.

          • linklovescatsonTP

            yup lol. also CoT that wuz funny RABBLE RABBLE I WILL NOT BE SILENCED!!!!! lmao =) this is getting a little too fun. I wonder when this fight is going 2 stop. 15 long reply strip?! that's crazy! this HAS to stop. I'll stop if you guys do. (the actor of gannondorf is angry.) the only cool thing is, he said "i quit" then he gave me his live action sword! those things cost like $134! ahhhh Jovanni's cats. u should see link holding his cats. he literally starts smiling, then if you let him hold it for a long time, HE STARTS LAUGHING ADORABLY!

  • Milliontown

    It would be easy to pick out things like Link talking or being left handed, or even Saria being brown-haired. But those are not the kinds of problems that make this film terrible. The writing is terrible, especially considering the calibre of source material they had. Ganondorf has no personal connection to Link, he's just a bad guy that Link fights at the end. There isn't a trick to defeating him, outside of an odd special effect, the whole thing is a standard swordfight (which by the way, the never explained why Link is so good at swordfighting).

  • Milliontown

    It's also rather anti-climactic to have the (male?!) Gerudo showdown after Ganon's defeat. The"Goron" scenes were probably among the worst. He even has to announce that he's a Goron for the sake of the audience, because anyone who has seen a Goron knows they don't look like chubby Asians. Apparently the "writing of his people" is a drawing of a Triforce with chalk, cause only a Goron could do that. Then Link slices open his hand with a dagger and sticks it to the wall. He doesn't even ask his permission or warn him first, and then he just leaves the Goron there to bleed out of his open wound. These are far from the only examples of terrible writing (the whole appearance of Sheik comes to mind), but the pacing was terrible as well. In every aspect of this film, it is obvious that the makers put time into it, but not effort. They could really afford to take the time to learn how movies are made, because it is painfully clear that they don't know how to do it.

  • Milliontown

    The budget is no excuse for how this movie turned out. I've worked on several productions and movies (I'm an audio engineer) with budgets that are next to nothing, and that makes it very obvious that these people never have. The locations are terrible, it looks like people cosplaying in your backyard. The epic final showdown looks like it's next to a cornfield. The costumes are equally bad, and the SFX were obviously canned and tediously repeated. On a low budget, you can still make things look decent as long as you pay attention to things like locations, interesting camera angles, audio, and lighting. The makers of this film obviously did not.

    • linklovescatsonTP

      i hate you
      wat's the best link costume youve ever worn? and read the long string of replies and see the beginning of the BATTLE OF HYRULE!!!!!!!!

  • ooccoowarrior

    I didn't have a problem with the inacuracies from the game to to the movie if you look at it as it's own story it wasn't that bad. I really liked it.

    • linklovescatsonTP

      THANK YOU!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU! PLZ JOIN MY RANT ON CHAIN OF TERMINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • potato

    I liked this movie. even though it was not amazing it was good. I dont get what is up with chainoftermina. hes kind of going crazy if you ask me. One of my only complaints about the movie was that the sound was bad. I could barely hear some of the things they said. The sword fights were good. But seriously, chainoftermina, you're being an idiot.

    • Milliontown

      His criticisms are mostly valid. A low budget is no excuse for how this project turned out.

      • linklovescatsonTP

        oh shut it right hand man.

    • linklovescatsonTP

      thank you welcome aboard the army lets fight against chainoftermina and win the war. i hav already won a battle look at the long string of replies and see wat these battle are like

  • potato

    I think it turned out okay.

    • linklovescatsonTP

      welcome aboard the army of hyrule llcotp's side!

  • Matt

    i forgot my password for here and everything about loging in but anyway i thought it was decent for a low budget i didnt like they flew through getting the little elements back for the sword which was kind of a dumb idea in the first place. the bright side was malon looked hot even she got killed off and so was the fire sage chick. but really what was up with impa and zelda and saria for the gods sake they didnt get their hair or outfits right and saria wasnt links mother !!! anyway lol back to the movie it was good if you aint a die hard zelda fan like most of us >.<

    • linklovescatsonTP

      welcome aboard.

  • Grunt

    This film is simply a travesty. I hate to be so harsh, because the filmmakers obviously put a lot of work into making this film, but that doesn't excuse the abysmal quality of what I saw. Nor does saying "it's a fan film!" because I've seen fan films such as "The Hunt for Gollum" or "Escape From City 17" that look FAR better than "Hero of Time."

    Gods above, where do I even BEGIN? There's something wrong in nearly every scene of this film, and it's usually a major thing. Take the costumes, for example. Link has an obvious wig (his eyebrows don't even match it in color!) along with eye shadow (!) that makes him look less like Link and more like what someone would imagine Link to look like if you gave him only the most vague description possible. His tunic is made out of that thin, cheap-looking fabric all bad cosplayers use, which along with the wig creates the impression of someone drunkenly acting "in character" at a Halloween party. Zelda is even worse. Here there was not even an attempt to make her look anything like her in-game counterpart. Since Ocarina of Time she has had very distinctive clothing, of which there is no trace in Hero of Time. Don't tell me that good costumes were beyond the means of the filmmakers; I can do a google image search for "Link cosplay" or "Zelda cosplay" and easily find pictures of costumes that far surpass anything seen in the film.

    The only character with a half-decent costume is Ganondorf. Everyone else is just laughable. The crowning moment of failure, however, has to be Darunia. When the "Goron" is introduced as some Asian guy, I nearly fell out of my chair laughing! Honestly, if you don't have to means to recreate a character that at least SOMEWHAT resembles how they look in-game, then DON'T PUT THAT CHARACTER IN THE MOVIE! How hard is that to understand? And don't even get me started on the Triforce marks which are drawn onto Link and Zelda's hands with a Sharpie marker. That's simply an exclamation mark to the rampantly awful costuming throughout the film. And I can't leave out Sheik, either, whose "disguise" is simply a veil over Zelda's face that any idiot could see through. That Link cannot makes him look like a total buffoon.

    Oh, and I haven't even got to the acting or story yet. Well, whatever "acting" I saw failed to impress. Link stumbles through the film as if he's completely stoned. Not once did I feel that he had any real courage or mettle in him; instead, he simply chooses to spend much of the film staring slack-jawed at whatever is happening around him. I realize that making Link into a movie character is difficult, but surely they could have made him something other than a gormless twit. Zelda is a great vacuum of a character, possessing no other personality trait but to occasionally burst into tears or act the helpless damsel in distress. The film implies a romance between her and Link (sure to upset the Link/Malon shippers, no doubt) but both characters have so little personality we don't buy it for a second. Ganondorf's actor makes me wonder if the filmmakers forgot to tell him that Hero of Time WASN'T a parody. Every line he speaks is delivered in the most over-the-top "THE KINGDOM IS MINE MUWAHAHAHAHA!" style imaginable.

  • Grunt

    The plot? Well, it's based on Ocarina of Time, and by "based on" I mean it resembles Ocarina of Time if you fed that game's story into a shredder and glued it back together in a random order. The film makes several, inexplicable changes to the game's plot, which do nothing except make it all the more incomprehensible. This is indefensible when Uwe Boll does it, and it's indefensible here. The end result is a plot that makes no sense and has more holes than Swiss cheese. What is the "Spirit Realm"? Why does the king suddenly have the Triforce of Power? If you obtain someone's Triforce piece by killing them, why doesn't Link get Ganondorf's piece at the end? Why was Link sealed away for five years, when he is already an adult? Why did Malon hit Link on the head with a frying pan when he was obviously coming as a guest to her father's inn? Why did the Sage of Fire give Link a spell that he never once used? Worse, if you've never played Ocarina of Time, you won't know what the hell is going on this movie. Zelda gives Link an Ocarina, which he uses to open the doors to the Temple of Time (by magically guessing the right melody, I suppose). At no point is this explained to the audience.

    The film's pacing is atrocious. We spend more than half the film building up to the first sage, and then the rest are simply dealt with in a montage that lasts all but a few minutes. This wouldn't be so bad (if still not at all acceptable) if there was an attempt at character development, but 99% of the dialog is expository. Characters exist solely to provide information to Link; he never has a real relationship with any of them.

    Man, I just could go on about all the things wrong with this film. How about the Master Sword, which looks like one of those cheap display swords they sell in knife shops. How about the Ocarina of Time, which they could even be bothered to spraypaint blue? How about Link's home, made from plywood paneling (!)? How about the cinematography, which has an egregious overabundance of narrow-angle closeups of the characters' faces? About the only thing done well is the music, which seems like it belongs in a far better film.

    But what truly sinks Hero of Time is that it just doesn't feel like Zelda. Simply calling your protagonists "Link" and "Zelda" and making a half-hearted attempt to dress them up like their video game counterparts does not make a movie "Zelda." If the game is ever to have a big-screen adaptation, it deserves a far better one than this.

    • linklovescatsonTP

      dude u better be thankful im calming down. u are not a true zelda "fan" if you dont like well……… i guess you are if you are nitpicking every single detail in the WHOLE FRIKIN MOVIE!!!!!!!!! dude, there are many clues that tell you why you shouldn't be complaining right now. 1 it's FREE. 2 they said "dont expect this to be Avatar standard". 3 its LOOSELY BASED OFF OF OoT. 4It's a low budget film. 5 You cant make a movie loke this i bet. 6 i got tired of beating OoT so this would be good for another good thing to do. So think about it. If this were at a movie theatre, this would cost about $20. think about it and reply, Grunty. (again sorry i get a little too carried away.)

  • Grunt

    1: Whether or not I paid to see the movie has no impact on whether or not I enjoyed it. Once again, look at films like The Hunt For Gollum – a fan film you can watch for free that is FAR better than Hero of Time.
    2: I wasn't expecting Avatar-quality. I was expecting, however, that the film would convince me that I was watching actual characters, and not just actors attempting to play those characters. This film failed horribly in this regard.
    3: "Loosely based" does not excuse the numerous plot holes and inconsistencies.
    4: So? Once again, watch The Hunt for Gollum, Escape from City 17, or Star Wars: Rise of the Tradiz for examples of fan films that were made on a shoestring budget that far surpass Hero of Time.
    5: Oh please, not the moronic "let's see you do better" argument. Look, when you finish watching a movie, you generally have an opinion on it. You might think "that movie was great!" or "that movie really sucked; what a waste of $10!" You generally do not think, "well maybe it was good, maybe it was bad, but what do I know, since I've never made a film." When you eat at a restaurant, are you unable to say whether or not you enjoyed your meal because you're not a chef?

    In all honesty, I did not enjoy this film in the slightest. Quite the opposite, I had to watch it in 15 minute pieces because I felt very embarrassed and awkward while watching it. And don't tell me I should be thankful that we even got a Zelda film; a bad movie is worse than no movie at all. Personally, if Hero of Time weren't about Zelda and were instead some generic, low-budget sword and sorcery flick, you wouldn't be making so many excuses for it.

    • linklovescatsonTP

      well…….. ummmmmm……… my dad knows the actor of gannondorf, and he quit his job after he saw these comments. that just means i get all his stuff (yay!) but basically, everyone in the group of actors and actresses HATED the goron scenes and zelda. they said that zelda was too mushy and cried too much. the goron they just hated. So i am not suprised you guys hated it, but for those that enjoyed it, mr.gannondorf (i dont know hiz real name and for identity safety) said it will be on there forever so you guys can keep watching it. (now i'm just trying to end the fight lol) everyone agree to make a peace treaty? just reply to agree.

  • Phuctifyno

    I don’t think a lot of you guys understand what guerilla film making is about. I found the movie humble and humorous, but it seems people think it has to be epic. I keep hearing “I know it was low budget”, but I don’t think anybody really understands how much budget has to do with making a movie look good, and how we’ve just become accustomed to it from Hollywood. Granted, there is a lot that can be improved on this movie, but that’s kind of the point. Most of the people working on this are just learning. Also, the acting wasn’t that horrible (with the exception of some smaller roles, who were probably just friends or family of the filmmakers), the real problem was that the camera didn’t love them enough. There’s a lot of technical aspects that go into making actors look good, like sound mixing, pace editing, costumes that don’t look cheap, and camera work (rule of thirds was virtually absent), which the filmmakers here clearly didn’t have the budget or experience to pull off. These kinds of movies can’t be judged compared to the standard we’re used to, but from the ground up. I did find quite a bit of it pretty cheesy and uncomfortable at times, but knowing what they had to work with I’m still very impressed. What people should understand is that it was very much made out of love for Zelda… so much, in fact, you can say that these people are Zelda fans before filmmakers, and that’s why the quality suffers. Also acknowledge that they aren’t making a cent off it’s distribution. The fact that Nintendo will probably never release the rights for Hollywood to do a big budget Zelda, after the Mario Bros. disaster, makes this all the more welcome. If that day does come, we’ll all have to cross our fingers and hope for the best. Until then, this will do. Congratulations to everybody who worked on the movie for even getting it finished, I enjoyed it very much (for what it was).

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with this style of filmmaking, check out Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter, FleshEater, or even Cannibal: the Musical (Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s first) to have better grounds for comparison. The Goron in this movie particularly reminded me of the “Indians” in Cannibal. I laughed my ass off.

    • MYK1217

      Yeah, you pretty much said what I've been saying, only in a nicer way, lol. People need to understand what went into the making of this film and who was involved in it. It's not the same thing as something you'd go pay $10 at the movie theater to go see. I'm a big Zelda fan, and to make a comparison, I'm a big JRR Tolkien fan and fan of LOTR. When I went to see LOTR, I was simply prepared to enjoy one of my favorite series of books to come to life on the big screen. I didn't open up the web page for "Hero of Time" with that same mindset, and nobody else should have. It should be obvious. It's a fan film. I was simply interested in how the filmmakers would present a film based on Zelda to the audience. I go in with a different outlook. For instance, I was interested in seeing how they would do the Great Deku Tree, and was quite pleased with it. By the standards of Hollywood, it obviously looked really silly and low-quality. But by the standards of fan-created films, it was quite clever and pretty neat.

      People need to understand the difference between a film made by professionals in Hollywood and a film made by amateurs. I'm friends with a group of student filmmakers, so I understand what my expectations should be.

  • MYK1217

    In response to the many ignorant responses above….

    FACE PALM!

    FACE PALM!

    FACE PALM!

    You people are STUPID! Do you even realize that this is a FAN-MANDE INDEPENDENT FILM? Do you realize that? This is NOT, I repeat, ***NOT*** supposed to be a big budget Hollywood blockbuster made by professional film makers. I mean, honestly, what the hell is wrong with you ignorant stupid fan boys. Get over yourself. This was a fan made film made by mere FANS. That isn't Peter Jackson directing, Johnny Depp acting as Link, Nicole Kidman acting as Zelda, etc. It is a FAN MADE FILM. Let's all repeat that together….

    FAN MADE FILM…

    FAN MADE FILM…

    FAN MADSE FILM!

    You got that through your thick skulls? Grow up and develop some expectations.

    For a fan-made film, I think this was quite good. The settings were good, casting was great. I liked how they dealt with Link being a silent hereo and kept his lines short and simple. And though the girl who played Zelda was a brunette, she did great for a FAN actress. …Let me repreat, FAN actress… I also really liked the beginning, where they showed Link being brought to Kokiri Forest as an infant. It was a clever way to start the film.

    What I didn't like was the story arch. It was very choppy, most scenes didn't transition very smoothly to eachother. Some scenes were way too rushed, while others dragged on alittle too long. I won't be a whiney fanboy and cry about how it doesn't exactly follow along OoT, so I was fine with the story elements. But piecing it all together was a mess a huge downfall.

    Other than that, for a FAN MADE FILM, this was pretty damn good.

    Honestly, you people need to grow up. Being an independent film maker myself, I'm disgusted in the comments some of you are making. But then again, I shouldn't be surprised people are actually stupid enough to be expecting a Lord of the Rings tier epic. Again, must I mention this was a LOW BUDGET, FAN MADE, INDEPENDENT FILM!

    Get that through your thick skull, lower your expectations, and watch the film again and accept it for what it is. Maybe you might like it.

    • MYK1217

      I apologize for the double post. It wasnt showing my comment for a while.

  • MYK1217

    In response to all the idiot comments on this film…

    FACE PALM!

    FACE PALM!

    FACE PALM!

    Are you people this stupid? This is a FAN-MADE FILM! This was NOT made by professional film-makers. If anyone was really expecting it to resemble a real epic like Lord of the Rings, you're looking at the wrong place. Anyone expecting it to be as good as something you'd pay 10$ to see at a movie theater, then you're missing the point and need mental help. This was a LOW BUDGET, INDEPENDENT, FAN-MADE FILM! Repeat after me.

    LOW BUDGET, INDEPENDENT, FAN-MADE FILM!

    LOW BUDGET, INDEPENDENT, FAN-MADE FILM!

    LOW BUDGET, INDEPENDENT, FAN-MADE FILM!

    You got that through you thick skulls? Get a grip and get overt yourselves. It's not a theatrical big budget film. Honestly, are you people really this moronic? I shouldn't be surprised…

    For what it is, which is a FAN-MADE INDEPENDENT LOW BUDGET FILM, I think it was quite good. The settings were clever, the effects were cool (well, some of them were kind of unnecessary, but most were cool), and the casting was excellent. I like how they dealt with the whole silent hero thing with Link, and made his lines short and simple. I also really liked the beginning, where they showed Link as an infant being dropped off at Kokiri Forest. That was a clever way to start the film.

    I'm not going to be a whiney fanboy and cry over how the story doesn't wholly fit that of OoT. I liked the altered story elements very much and found it enjoyable.

    What I didn't like, however, was how they pieced the story together. It was very choppy. The transitions from scene to scene were not very smooth at all. Some scenes felt way too rushed, while others dragged on too long. Also, the actors were looking directly into the camera at times when they were speaking, and that is a big no no.

    Considering that this is a FAN MADE FILM, you have to respect the amount of effort put into this.You idiots bitch about how much time you wasted watching it, think about how much time, effort, amd money was put into making this. Keep in mind, this film was made by FANS. NOT PROFESSIONALS! I apologize for looking like I'm spamming, but I honestly feel like I need to hammer that into your brains. You have to know the concept of a fan-made film and that it's not supposed to resemble anything close to the quality of a film made by professions. Maybe if you can get that through your thick skulls and understand that, you might just appreciate this film and everything the people involved had to go through to get it done.

    • linklovescatsonTP

      i'm with you man. but that's not wat i meant about peace treaty. but still, good job. =D 0-+<

      • linklovescatsonTP

        oh yea and Happy Christmas! 2 u all!

  • linklovescatsonTP

    hi i am now an official member of ZU! this is awesome!

  • linklovescatsonTP

    srry i wasnt logged in. NOW! hi i am anofficial member of ZU! this is awesome!

  • Grunt

    Sigh…I'll try this again…very slowly…

    "Are you people this stupid? This is a FAN-MADE FILM! This was NOT made by professional film-makers."

    Did you even read what I wrote. I know this is a bloody fan film, and as I said before, there are MANY other fan films that are better written, better acted, and have far better costuming and set design than Hero of Time. I'm not comparing this to Lord of the Rings, hell, I'm not even going to compare it to dreck like Eragon. As a project for a film studies class, I could let "Hero of Time" go, but since the filmmakers put it out on the internet for anyone to see, it's fair game for criticism. I didn't evaluate it on how much "passion" the filmmakers had the subject and I didn't evaluate it on its budget. I evaluated it as a MOVIE, and as movies go, this one sucks. If a film offers me a hacked up plot, lousy costumes worse than what I've seen cosplayers do, and a script that's 99% exposition, well, what am I supposed to say? BMB Finishes put a Zelda movie out on the internet, and suddenly I'm the bad guy because I don't gush over it?

    "You got that through your thick skulls? Grow up and develop some expectations."

    If personal attacks are your game, then I'll answer by saying once more that if this were not a "Zelda" film and instead were some generic sword and sorcery flick, far fewer of you would be making excuses for it. And so far, that's all I've heard – excuses. "BWAAAAA, it's a fan film!" "BWAAAAAA, they put a lot of effort into it!" All I care about is what I see on the screen, and what I saw was, compared to OTHER FAN FILMS (not LotR or other Hollywood productions) was frankly terrible. You don't need a huge budget for good acting. You don't need a huge budget for a well-written script. Look at the Star Wars prequels, they had an enormous budget and what did we get but a turgid love story, a whiny Anakin, and Jar-Jar Binks?

    Take the "Goron," for instance. The filmmakers should have realized that they didn't have the money to create Goron costume and left that character out of the film. If you want to build a space shuttle but all you have is some sticks and rubber bands, then maybe you shouldn't be trying to build a bloody space shuttle.

    "I'm not going to be a whiney fanboy and cry over how the story doesn't wholly fit that of OoT. I liked the altered story elements very much and found it enjoyable."

    Well I can't say you didn't enjoy the film, because you obviously did, but what you point to (the story) is the one thing I had the most problems with. Oh, and should you be unable to comprehend it, the story has NOTHING to do with the filmmakers' budget and EVERYTHING to do with the talent of the screenwritter.

    "Hero of Time" is stuck between telling OoT's story and its own story, and the result is an unsatisfying mash-up of the two. Due to the changes to the OoT storyline, certain elements from that game that they DID include make no sense, such as Link being sealed away for five years when he's ALREADY an adult. On the other end, the "new" elements Hero of Time adds to the OoT story feel like needless alterations. Either they should have stuck with a story based wholly on OoT or else done a completely original take on the basic Zelda story. In either case, they should not have just gone halfway. What you end up with then is a confusing mish-mash of story elements that don't fit together at all.

    Look, I can appreciate someone being passionate enough about Zelda to make a movie about it, especially with the expectation that no money would be made from it. But this film is just BAD. Bad writing, bad acting, bad costuming, bad pacing…I've seen god knows how many movies in my life, both high- and low-budget, and I'm not going to put on the kid-gloves and say I enjoyed Hero of Time when I obviously didn't. I can put all night into writing a terrible term paper, but is it right of me to blame my professor when he hands it back with a terrible mark on it? Of course not. And the filmmakers had six years – SIX YEARS!!! – to make this film. Even with a low budget it should not look this sloppy. Are you telling me that in all that time they could not make costumes for Zelda or Impa that look even REMOTELY as they do in the games? In six years they could not find a weapon that looks like the Master Sword, when I can drive down to my local knife shop AT THIS VERY MOMENT and buy myself a Master Sword replica? In six years they could not find a way to rotoscope the Triforce mark onto Link and Zelda's hands?

    Let me just say that you can always tell when people are defending crap because they howl and whine the moment anyone dares criticize it. I've seen it with Twilight fans, I've seen it from Eragon fans, and now I'm seeing it from Hero of Time fans. Just TRY to see beyond your own desperation for a Zelda movie.

  • I don’t know if I completely agree… But, you do make some great points. Maybe I can make a post opposing your argument.

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