Monday, November 07, 2005

Erik The Viking (1989)

"Oi! Welcome teh Valhalla!!"

Adventure Comedy Fantasy (UK, Sweden)

Starring: Tim Robbins (Mystic River; The Secret Life Of Words), Terry Jones (The Meaning Of Life; "Monty Python's Flying Circus")

Directed By: Terry Jones (Life Of Brian; Monty Python And The Holy Grail)

Overview: When given the chance to end Ragnarok by traveling to Valhalla, Erik brings his band on the trek to end the endless night.

Acting: The cast has deep roots in the Monty Python genre. Given that most of them are directly FROM that show, it's no surprise. To see Mickey Rooney and Tim Robbins though, I must admit is a little strange. Still, the fusion of American and British comedic stylings is really well pulled off. Very funny indeed.
Rating: 8

Cinematography: The copy I watched was a little rough, but even though the special effects were dated and set was ever-cloudy (on purpose, I mean it's Ragnarok), I very much enjoyed the look of it, all told. An interesting version of Valhalla.
Rating: 7

Script: Funny stuff. Not rip-roaring hilarious, but a true, genuine comedy, not like this garbage Hollywood puts out (read: Saturday Night Live shite). For that alone, 'refreshing' gets points for being refreshing. Yes indeed, funny, funny.
Rating: 7

Plot: The story is pretty cool. Anything that goes along the adventurous path mythologically is great. There's a nice couple of subplots, and the characterization is well maintained throughout. Everyone's go their own slant, and that's important.
Rating: 8

Mood: Good historical references of the paradigm created by the modern world. A parody of what we think Vikings to be, this element is a nice addition to the humour. The costumes and the bloodletting and all the dark ages references and the dragons and that sort of thing, funny on the mythological level too.
Rating: 8

"Oi, welcome to Hottie Heaven..."

Overall Rating: 76% (A Good Adventure)

Aftertaste: Seen it. Not the best in the world, but worth a little videy, if you like Mythological Python-Style Norse Comedy. And who doesn't?