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Subj: Valhalla Rising -- Strangely similar to Fraction's writing on Thor
Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 09:08:16 pm EST (Viewed 143 times)

I was given Valhalla Rising for Christmas by my dad. He knew nothing about save it involved Vikings and knows I like films from that time period. Previously, I had read reviews on it (including Punchdrunk's) and it sounded like the type art film that is incomprehensible either because it is "true art" or the director tried to disguise it as true art and it really is just an incomprehensible mess. I am of the latter thinking on this.

First, I think it did have some good points. The initial idea is intriguing and setup is good. Some of the cinematography was beautifully shot. It did a good job of creating a foreboding atmosphere. The first third of it is good.

However, the remaining two-thirds drag down the film. Silence can really contribute to a film. Samurai Jack often had little of any dialogue and was always well done. Here it became too much and feels like it is time filler. Characters constantly staring out into space looking confused did not help anything either. They looked just as confused as the viewer...which may have been the point. One-Eye is hinted to be something supernatural, but nothing is even hinted at what he truly is. His death at the end felt forced just to end the film. One-Eye sees himself dying in a vision so he decides to die without fighting. Its like the director realized he needed to end the film so he just ended it.

I don't know if the director had some point with the film he was trying to make and just failed to make it or if no point was the point. The last hour feel like random plot points that serve no purpose.

Sadly, this is how much of Fraction's Thor writing comes across as. The first two issues set up everything great with intriguing ideas. The middle muddles through. The ending comes rushed and out of nowhere.

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