700 AD. Northern Europe is divided into two worlds: the Frisians, Saxons and Danes live above the rivers, below the rivers live the Franks. They want to achieve what even the Romans did not succeed: conquer all of Europe. They put in a new weapon to enslave the Gentiles: Christianity. They target Europe's main trading center, where the Frisian king Aldigisl rules.Written by
Stumbled upon this movie searching for something completely different and yet the same (Radboud hospital, named after main character) some weeks before the opening. Saw the trailer and was intrigued by it. An epic Dutch movie.
Epic it was not but it was quite good nonetheless.
Filming is great! I really loved the cinematography. The in-out focus, dark, decolorised and high contrast feel to it. Really liked it. Felt dramatic as it was supposed to be.
Music is Good, but sometimes felt a bit out of place/repetitive.
Acting, overall good performance, but the villain(s) was /where a bit stale apart from the priest he was fun/nasty. To be honest I loved the fact that the movie through the priest depicted that faith and its motivations isn't all we believe(d) it to be.
Acting was with ups and downs but I really liked Gijs Naber. He depicted the struggle of a beaten, honest and progressive leader he doesn't want to become, the flashbacks/dreams really support the character and him growing into the leader. But sadly on moment supreme it was a bit flawed, mostly due to lack of writing and shooting I think, that it didn't get the epic feeling Braveheart had. And I think Braveheart is a similar story (not exactly the same) where fate brings out the "real leader" that progresses an era.
The majority of battle scenes are great! A bit chaotic here and there and some "stupidity" where clarification is given on things that are very logically shown.
There are a lot of quiet parts in the movie, some of which seem boring/not needed making the film sometimes feel too long. Some tighter editing could've avoided this.
As mentioned before the Moment supreme of the movie, battle of battles was chaotic, illogical, funny (in wrong way... flying basket with ..... you'll see) and not epic. Some stronger and longer (in stead of a lot short ones) could have made that battle grand!
So in all a great movie and I wasn't disappointed especially for a Dutch (and some English) movie. But it could have been more epic.
I would say go and see it and judge for yourself.
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