REVIEW – Valhalla Rising (2009)
Videovista have my review of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Valhalla Rising.
Valhalla Rising is a beautifully shot and darkly existentialist riff on Conrad’s Heart of Darkness which, in the grand tradition of Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972) and Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979), moves the action from colonial Africa to the age of Vikings.
It is a densely symbolic and beautifully shot film and… it bored the shit out of me. My main problem with the film is similar to the problem exposed by Emmanuel Carrere’s La Moustache (2005) and demonstrated by Thomas Clay’s Soi Cowboy (2008).
I’ll expand my thoughts n the problem in the post linking to the review of Soi Cowboy but the three posts kind of interlink.