Blu-ray Review – The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, 1988.

Directed by Vincent Ward.

Starring Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood, Hamish Gough, Sarah Peirse, and Marshall Napier.

Synopsis:

Villagers in 14th century England attempt to escape the Black Death by digging a hole to the other side of the Earth, emerging in 20th century New Zealand.

In a decade that gave the world some of the greatest and most celebrated fantasy movies, Vincent Ward’s follow-up to his 1984 feature debut Vigil is certainly a memorable one, and for various reasons, although as with Vigil, The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey is something of an arthouse oddity full of symbolism, metaphor and a director’s vision which does limit its appeal somewhat.

The film begins in 14th century Cumbria and immediately wraps you up in a cloak of melancholy by being shot in black-and-white as Griffin (Hamish Gough), a young boy awaiting the return of his older brother
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