Ashens and The Quest For The GameChild: Blu-Ray review


Since YouTube’s inception in 2005, the platform has since become the leading place for entertainment on the internet. However every dynasty of sorts does have its key contributors, and one of those for YouTube is Ashens who has accumulated over 590,000 subscribers.

Ashens is the alter-ego of Stuart Ashen, who is a reviewer of various poor quality products. He uses his animations in some of his videos, and does lend himself to acting. His first video on YouTube was released February 23rd 2006.

Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild is a feature film which Stuart Ashen wrote and stars in. The film was originally released on YouTube on August 8th 2013 as part of its 2013 GeekWeek. It was partially crowd funded on indiegogo, in which it raised over $73,000 (a little more than its initial target). The overall budget of the film was around $180,000.

‘Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild’ chronicles Stuart Ashen and his journey to find a rip-off of the Gameboy; the fabled GameChild. His journey begins when he is encouraged to do so, stumbling into his old friend Geoffrey “Chef” Excellence (Dan Tomlinson). Whilst on his journey Ashens comes across various people, such as his next door neighbour, The Silver Skull (Ryan Livermore), and his nemesis, Nemesis (Chris Kendall). The film has cameos from Red Dwarf’s Robert Llewellyn, and Harry Potter’s Warwick Davis. Whilst some of the characters have appeared in Ashens previous work, fans of Ashens will find it pleasing when they do recognise them.

Ashens Quest DVD Sleeve_abdxxxxinlayWith Stuart Ashen and Dan Tomlinson heading what seems to be a small cast, they do a good job in conjuring up a formula for success. Their chemistry alone allows for the movie to flow smoothly, whilst delivering good comedic timing, with a coherent storyline. The cinematography itself is pretty good, with good framing, camera movement and changes of focus. The colour grading of the film was something which stands out, due to the saturation, however it did work well with the project at hand.

The music that was present was incredibly pleasing. Overseen by Jack and Simon Boswell, the score they delivered was cheerful when it needed to be and misleading at times, which worked with the process of the film. It allowed for full investment into the world which was being created in front of the audience.

Overall Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild is a good movie that blends elements of comedy and action together very well. In some aspects it is reminiscent of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, except this time it is for the ‘YouTube Generation’.

There aren’t many criticisms that could be given, except it could have been a tad shorter, however even that is nit-picking. Ashens and The Quest For The GameChild is well worth the watch. Even if you aren’t a fan of Ashens the film makes for a good introduction to all things Ashens. It is available to watch online for free here. However if you want to feel that much more special, you can purchase the film on DVD and Blu-ray with extra features here.

You can also catch Stuart Ashen, director Riyad Barmania, actor Dan Tomlinson and the famed Warwick Davis and Robert Llewellyn at the MCM Manchester Comic Con on Saturday 15:00 as they host a panel and answer the audience’s questions.



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