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This is a really good story in the historical epic category. It propounds to be based in fact and, though I don't know how much they had to tweek it for script purposes, it contains certain things that feel true.
Arn is a Swede who falls in love with a woman who is betrothed to another family. He knocks her up so she has to do 20 years in a convent while he has to do twenty years in the Crusades as a Knight Templar. As he himself was raised by the church he's a very serious dude. He was also schooled well in combat by a monk who did time in the Crusades so he can fight with the best of them. He heads off to the Holy Land where he becomes key in winning some battles. His time is up so he heads home to be with his woman but ends up facing a whole new challenge. It seems Sweden isn't all that united and there is a new grab for power he needs to thwart.
This is an Historical Epic in the best sense. Great locations, costumes and lots of extras. You like Arn. He's a cool guy because he's good and devout, but can kick booty if he needs to. You like Cecelia his girlfriend. She's pretty and has a good spirit. It's acted well, shot well, edited well. The music score is good, though maybe a bit too similar to the "Lord of the Rings" score but that's a minor quibble. I also could have used a bit more in the building of the relationship between the two Cecelias, but again, it's a minor quibble. Surprisingly, they spent little effort on the major battle scenes. Were this Ridley Scott or Antoine Fuqua we'd have been dazzled by meticulous staging and swordplay. But here the director just didn't seem that interested.Read more ›
As the dialogue is minimal, the subtitling was not all that challenging for my 3 years of college German (35 years ago). The story tells itself quite well visually, and the few times the dialogue became somewhat complex, it was easy enough to freeze the picture and work on the subtitles. If anyone is game, it's worth the effort. Keep a dictionary handy. AmazonGermany works just like AmazonUSA and AmazonUK. It's easy enough to click your way through to checkout.
The movie is spectacular. I have to agree with the reviewer who said "Arn" is in the great epic filmaking style of the past. I enjoyed every moment of it. The sets and costumes were impressive and made the time and places recreated very convincing. The battles were well done. Though not full blood-and-guts as a larger budget may have allowed, there was tremendous tension in the battle preparations and the initial assault. Some brief battle scenes and then the aftermath, showing the carnage and slaughter. Very effective. The audio helped tremendously in building the drama.
Beside the many actors reviewers have pointed out, I should mention Michael Nyquist ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," etc.) as Arn's father. It was a pleasure seeing him again as I enjoyed the Millenium film trilogy greatly. All the actors were fine and did their work well.Read more ›
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A great book became a great movie! Very well done and the historical ambiance is fantastic!
A very good movie about the crusades, life in Norway before and after. The book was longer and better. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Duke Cortez
To really enjoy and appreciate this film, first read Jan Gillou's trilogy: "The Road to Jerusalem", "The Knight Templar" and "The Kingdom at the End of the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Walter Wills
This is a review of the Blueray. I couldn't watch the movie as the aspect ratio distorts the movie as to appear scrunched and smashed together. No way to fix it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bruce W. Johns
I purchased this movie after seeing it on Netflix. If you are not adverse to reading subtitles (Swedish, English, French and Arabic is spoken), I would highly recommend it for... Read morePublished 12 months ago by tlc1965