So I knew that when I watched this movie, I could expect a giant awesome slash-fest. What I certainly wasn’t ready for was the art film slash-fest that I got instead. The thing had actual separated acts, which I thought was really weird. I’ve seen a lot of movies with stylized forms of violence, such as 300, but Valhalla Rising is different. Instead of making the violence the supreme focus of the movie, it focuses a lot on the between parts.
The main problem with its focus is that there isn’t really a lot to lean on. There isn’t enough dialogue, and the violence isn’t particularly awing. But this should be part of the review, so let’s get to that.
Very epic, but the spoken dialogue could fit on the back of a cereal box. Now stark writing can work sometimes, but in this case it doesn’t help characterization.
Not a lot there, but the characters are interesting enough to keep the plot moving.
Great on location shots in beautiful places. Sometimes the shots of forests got a little old, but they looked really great.
For what they must have spent to shoot in these locations, the effects are surprisingly terrible. The soundtrack is pretty bad too.
Not a great Norse adventure flick like I had hoped, which made me a little disappointed.