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I had a very good laugh all the way through the film and so did the rest of the cinema. It nice that the animation industry has started to make films for not just the young audience. And this is one of the film that would entertain the grown ups, but might not be good for taking the kids along. Its actually funny but its gory and the language is probably not regarded as suitable for kids. The film is a spin-off joke on the classic Conan the Babarian with a bit of Lord of the Rings added to it. And that might call for one-liners and jokes about about stereotypes of that universe, narcissism, gore violence, mysticism etc. And that works really well. But there is more to the quality of the film than just that. I think the film was generally really well made. Very nice camera work, lay out, cutting and the pace of the film worked well. It is good craftsmanship. Taking a spin on the classic story we have a hero who seems nothing like a hero. And an odd gang. Obviously they have to go on a quest, just like Conan had to. The story is in that sense classic, but at the same time it has lots of clever and dumb comments to the genre. And it really worked for me. I laughed a lot.
The movie is ridiculously brutal, sarcastic and at times out right evil. If you enjoy this genre then it is a MUST SEE! If you do not like dark humor - stay out of it. It is really funny, and there are many scenes with violence and gore, sex and embarrassment. It's a parody of "Conan the Barbarian", hence epic one-liners, and overrated macho men and women dominate the storyline. But our four main characters are kind of weak, silly, always horny and not really experienced or skilled with anything (except Zandra). There is a bard who cannot sing, a hero warrior who cannot fight, a guide who always gets lost and the power fighter women who needs to save their asses.
I typically watch trailers before judging a movie but this was right off the bat and I must say I enjoyed every tiny bit of it. This movie comprises of rock solid adventure, dark raunchy humor and sarcasm all at the same time, pretty intense. I can safely say a lot probably went into the making of the movie; The direction and animation is very very well made. If you loved 'How to train your dragon', most likely, you'll love this too. I watched it with not great e-translated subtitles and it still made me laugh plenty but I wish this movie comes out with an English dub and I'm pretty sure it's going to hit the IMDb top 250, no doubt. (Because of the original danish language, I'm wondering if a lot theaters around the world would show it) I haven't watched a lot of good animated movies targeting on raunchy humor, this one has one too many and that makes it super funny! Yea, you can't take the kids, I don't think it was made for them. All in all, the movie was BARBARIC!
Pixar, Dreamworks animation etc have all done great stuff within the
animation genre and especially with 3D animation. Outside of the USA
things have been slightly different.
There have been some attempts by France, Spain etc but some have been very disappointing and others have been mediocre at best. Films like Renaissance (2006), Kaena: La prophétie (2003), have been entertaining but usually lacking both in story and technically.
When comes to the Scandinavian countries it is even more rare to see a full length animated feature that actually is just as good as their counterparts.
Ronal Barbaren (2011) seems to be just that movie. Film is about young Ronal who is a weak geek, among tough, hard barbarians (even the women have bigger biceps then him) but must go on dangerous journey in order to save his tribe from the evil Volcazar.
On his quest of course he meets lots of weird individuals, who joins him and in the process helps him to grow as person.
In the bottom of this funny film is a serious coming of age story, aimed mainly at teens who may or may not recognize themselves in young Ronal and his band of misfits.
The most refreshing about this film is the non Disney approach, meaning trying to only suit a massmarket, using bland stereotypes, musical scenes, and predictable story lines.
The directors is not breaking new ground, this film filled with crude adolescent humor, sex jokes and is basically a parody of Lord of the rings, Conan etc but delivers mainly because US productions is very family oriented while this film is mainly directed at teenagers and adults with a very crude sense of humor.
I urge anyone to see this film, you will probably not see anything like it in USA for a long time.
Unless of course Seth McFarlane decides to make a 3D film....
Ronal is the seven stone weakling and the rest of his tribe, the
Barbarians, are all built like Arnie. Guess who will be the hero? Ronal
the Barbarian is simply one the better kick-back and enjoy it films of
the year: rude, sure but not so much that it's gross, violent, not so
much actually, and fun - lots and lots of fun.
We just enjoyed this - it's beautifully made, and visually it is really rewarding - nothing skimped here except the clothing for both the men and women - all the men are muscle bound in Borat thongs and all the girls positively pneumatic and Teutonic - however it all fits the style well sure it's gratuitous, but it is not offensive.
The surprise is how good the plot and the script are - the time flies by and there is enough substance here to make this more than watchable.
Above all this is just a kick-back and enjoy it animated adventure that lampoons the Conan genre perfectly while doing so affectionately. The time whizzed by - the voice acting was a notch above - especially when considering this was in Danish and dubbed into English - and overall this would simply be one of the most straight-up enjoyable films of year. Very much recommended if Game of Thrones with lots of laughs and silliness rocks your boat...
If you love Diablo (yes the video game), LOTR, How To Train You Dragon, Tangled, Never Ending Story, Labyrinth and Conan... then you must see Ronal The Barbarian. this... Hilarious, twisted, nasty, enjoyable... a good laugh. Entertaining, simple, definitely non correct, as much as NOT suitable for "children" of any age, what to say just perfect for a good night in with friends. Not to mention how cool and simply stunning are the 3D effect and the graphics, almost to put Pixar and Dreamworks to shame.
Skool fur Fan
p.s. : For lovers of Heavy Metal \m/,
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This is the story of Ronald, a pathetic and weakling barbarian ... that
(yes you guessed it) has to save his entire village from the evil lord
Volcazar and from certain doom (actually, Volcazar and doom walk in
hand in hand, but you get the point).
To achieve this Ronald decided to **not go on a quest** and save everyone with the help of his bard friend and shield maiden.
This is not a story for kids. The humor here is definitely for a mature audience, has multiple references to sex and cursing, but it is all actually funny and it doesn't feel like out of context.
The world is quite similar to the one in Brutal Legend (a world filled with demons that once enslaved mankind, and now everyone needs a hero), and the story can be seen as a cliché (the good guy is clumsy but saves the day).
The movie also tries to teach a life lesson (as in, you will always have problems and you have to face them), but other than that it is pretty much a linear movie.
It is a funny movie with good metal licks, specially in the ending. So if you are a metal fan, want to have a good laugh or feel like checking out a metal satire, feel free to see this movie.
If you don't fit in the previous category, than you are probably better of by leaving this one out.
The other reviewer apparently wasn't watching the same picture that I was. Ronal the Barbarian is a weakling who must rise to the occasion when all of his clanmates are captured for evil purposes, and seeks to liberate them by finding and wielding the Sword of Crane in a fully tongue-in-cheek sendup of sword-and-sorcery pictures, spoofing Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian and loads of imitators in addition to riffing wickedly upon the goofy relationship between classic heavy metal and the fantasy genre. The gags translate very well and if you're a fan of Robert E. Howard like I am you'll have more than a few hearty laughs out of this, especially a scene where Ronal uses an invisibility potion to perform a heist - man, that was funny! I can't understand why the other reviewer dumped on this picture (In Danish with English subtitles - I preferred this; English dubbed version available in some markets).
Great Adventure through a Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja spoof. This
thing pulls few punches (and punchlines) in Ronal's epic "not a quest"
to save his tribe from being used as a sacrifice to an evil god to take
over the world. There's a minuscule similarity to How to Train yer
Dragon but that was a Viking spoof.
Balls jokes, Boob jokes, Sex jokes (straight and gay), and some nice cartoon style blood and guts.
Some are critical of the animation, but lets face it, this movie is more about making a few nutsack jokes and less about trying to wow the world with state of the art CGI. The Animation is decent and watchable.
See it if you have a sense of humor. Avoid it if "Triggered" is part of your vocabulary and has noting to do with guns.
This is a fun little outing and they did a great job on the English
dub. This has some elements of Conan Barbarian type fantasy but it is
much more in the vein of Lord Of The Rings.
The main bad guy looks like Sauron, there are elves like in Lord Of The Rings (LOTR) and they even speak like the elves in the LOTR movies. There is an awesome parody character of Legolas who is hilarious. There is even Runic script and Elvish script (Tengwar) depicted in one scene. There are bad guys called Black Riders who also fly on creatures like the Nazgul.
So, if you are into a High Fantasy parody that does not take itself too seriously, would like a few laughs, and can appreciate more than a few nods to Lord Of The Rings long the way, then I recommend this animated comedy. The violence is depicted in a non-gory or fun way, so if you don't like graphic depictions of violence then you should be fine to watch this movie without being freaked out.
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