Loosely based on the book of the same name, Avalon High was a 2010 Disney Channel original movie and nothing more than a teen comedy-drama with fantasy elements thrown in. The movie basically retold some of the Arthurian legends but in a high school setting. It starred Britt Robinson in the lead as Allie Pennington with Greg Sulkin as her love interest, Will Graham. Likewise, Joey Pollari played her outsider of a friend Miles with Devon Graye playing Will’s bully older brother Marco. The main cast was rounded out by Molly C. Quinn as Jen, Christopher Tavarez as Lance, Steve Valentine as Mr. Moore, and both Don Lake and Ingrid Park as Allie’s parents.
It began when Allie Pennington moved to a new school with her parents, initially expecting to be there for only three months but being pleasantly surprised to discover that she’d be there until graduation (thus enabling her to make friends). At school, she was able to make several friends (most notably Will and Miles, but also Jen and Lance). Likewise, she also met the school bully Marco. And throughout the course of the film, various elements of the Arthurian legend start to play out (such as the affair of Lancelot (Lance) and Guinnevere (Jen), and the betrayal of Mordred). Even Excalibur makes an appearance towards the end. At that point, the movie degenerated into a historical fantasy. But on the way there, we discovered that both the European History professor (Mr. Moore) and Allie’s parents were already aware that King Arthur was about to be reincarnated.
All in all, the movie was enjoyable for a Disney Channel original movie. The acting was decent for the most part (Sulkin was not believable as a lead actor). But the star of the show was clearly Steve Valentine. His performance as Mr. Moore was clearly the best thing about the movie—well that, and the humor. Don Lake and Ingrid Park were absolutely hilarious, as was Joey Pollari to a lesser extent. But besides that, the movie also gets points for not being as predictable as it could have been. I haven’t read the books so I can’t compare, but it was nice to see a twist on the true identities of both Arthur and Mordred.
Also, the movie seemed to work a lot better as a teen drama than it did as a fantasy. Even though I generally prefer the genre over fantasy, both the writing and the acting seemed to be a lot better when they kept the film grounded in the school. Not to mention, the special effects were a bit cheesy (granted, that’s to be expected in made for TV movies).
That being said, the movie is far from being a great movie. But it wasn’t a terrible movie either. The movie was very entertaining, but not the type of movie that’s going to win any awards. Nor the type of movie that should.