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Plot: Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love. Runtime: 139 mins Release Date: 25 Dec 2007
Loved it - let down by small mistakes - but watch the movie (by vanhelsing19)
OK so I read the reviews and decided to have a look at it myself. As opposed to going into a long and probably boring review: Forlovely scenery believable acting good music good values rare these days AgainstSuffered from it being too short should have been an epic and used the other 30mins Not enough budget battle scenes fairly poor Wandered a little at timesAt that said - great movie - lovely to see the templars getting a reasonable treatment as they're easy targets some times: Go watch it and see for yourself
Wonderful! (by tomstev21)
I actually put this in to my Netflix Instant Queue and then avoided it like so many others that I told myself I would get around to. After a few days I figured I would give it a shot. The movie had wonderful acting and the camera work was beautiful! I watched the American version and have since read that the American version is a combination of two movies that are almost twice as long. I will be spending my weekend looking for a copy of both movies to purchase and the American version as well. I will also be looking for the books. I have read that there is now a fourth book so I cant wait to <more>
find all of these so I can relive in over and over. Wonderful movie, stellar cast and beautifully shot. I don't think you'll be disappointed. I hope you find this helpful in your next movie selection.
I heard this movie didn't get the best kinds of reviews so I decided to watch it while in Stockholm....minor spoilers coming...I was wrong. It was magical and it actually seemed even better a few days after I watched it. Don't expect another Gladiator or Kingdom of Heaven. These movies were fantastic but this one was quite different, but not the least bit less good. As someone here pointed out you will not see big battles like in Gladiator but a medieval epic can be good even without these huge battles, can it not? I am a big fan of medieval action so I know what I am talking <more>
about.Fortunately ? I never read the books so I can't compare the movie to them. I also liked the actors chosen for the film. They were not too well-known and therefore good choices.I'm glad the film was shot in Sweden and not in Eastern Europe. The Swedish locations were absolutely right for this film and Romanian or Slovakian locations who ARE otherwise fabulous would have been wrong for this particular film.
First I would like to say that I don't think the books are that good. There are many anomalies about the pure historical facts about Sweden. But they are good at depicting life in the dark ages and the conflict between the church and the crown. And particularly the rivalry between different parts of Sweden at that time and families as in the greater sense influence in the conflicts.Now many people has said pointed out that it doesn't have the same flow that such movies usually have, and lacks in the fighting scenes.Still they proclaim tho have read the books. If they had read the <more>
books they would know the story isn't about battles but about the struggle.What I really like about these this film is that it doesn't try to emulate the Hollywood way of make a film like this. It's more poetic in its approach, which is good. It allows you to get a better feel of the life of that time then you usually do. And if I should compare to kingdom of heaven, Arn has more depths. People talk about a cheesy love story, this I can't understand. If this love story is cheesy what about platitudes in kingdom of heaven.Kingdom of heaven was a big disappointment, it's flat, full of anomalies and blatant inaccuracies and take the easy way out. For example, in Kingdom of heaven the lay all the burden on the religion in the wider sense and the templars in particular, which is a cowards way out of discussing religion. The knight templars are one dimensional and simple and historical wrong.When I watched Arn at the cinema I was afraid it would be another movie without feeling and was happily surprised. When I watched it the second time I was once again moved by settings, music, story and the characters.If you can't relax don't see this movie. You have too be able to relax and let your self feel to appreciate the movie.
This is one of the best series ever. It shows the back story of a man of pride, it portrays the crossroads and northern Europe in the high middle ages. This series is so much more than the American action series with special effects and action scenes. This is a complex experience of feelings such as pride, honor and love, and it captures the dilemmas and problems in these times. It shows the audience different sides of religion and the crossroads, it shows that the normal generalizing of the templars isn't always right, and some can fight a good heart, just like Arn. The innocence but <more>
still integrity and honor. I recommend this series, and the crusades trilogy by Jan Guillo, to everyone who enjoys series or films, that makes you think, and makes you feel. You will love this.
Once I heard about this movie I felt pride for my country for making such a big production, hoping for it to be able to challenge big productions such as Troy, King Arthur and maybe even 300. I hoped so, but I expected otherwise. I know my epic movies pretty well, and in the trailer some months before release I notices some bass tones of the music score were identical to a part of the Gladiator music. I feared a cheap American epic movie ripoff with flawed actors and fake-looking special effects. Luckily, I did not see what I expected.Arn has one big difference from the epic movies we know - <more>
it is made in a country where an epic movie of this size has never been made before. Naturally, many will expect to see the same of what we've seen in epic movies so far. Many will expect to see a hero or a group of heroes slaughtering hordes of enemies for the pure obsession of it that they call glory, but they won't. What they will see is the tale of the medieval life told in the most simple way. A mother promising away her son to God to serve him. The obsession of power between kings. To get to know your worst enemy and respect him as a man, and to meet anguish of having to kill him on the battle field without really knowing why.During the first half of the movie at some point the storytelling got a little over hand, which is understandable while the balancing between being informative and entertaining is a hard thing to perfect. Though, it would be a shame going to the theater to see this film waiting for the heads to start rolling to the right and to the left, missing out the whole experience of having an honest story about the medieval life being told right in front of your eyes by common people.This is the first part of the story of Arn. Now I have my hopes up for the second movie to round up this tale as well as or better than this first part started it.
Excellent Medieval Film About Honour And Values (by intelearts)
It seems that most reviewers here want sword fights and action.Arn is more interesting than that: it is a surprisingly complex film about honour and medieval notions of chivalry and values.We REALLY enjoyed this - the characters are fleshed out and the plot develops at a drama pace, rather than at a dramatic pace. It seems a lot of thought went into the characterization and settings - this did cost $30,000,000 making it the most expensive Swedish film ever - and it did very well at the box office.Those wanting just action had best look elsewhere those wanting both action and character, and a <more>
real exploration of the values of knighthood then this will definitely be your cup of tea and something to savour.It is kind of like Braveheart in its values, and less like Kingdom of Heaven than you'd expect. Yes, it is quite elegiac, and that fits its Nordic roots well.Overall, one of the better films about the crusades and the choices made for people living in a time when individual freedom was lost and subjugated to church and kings.Recommended
Impressive film. i expected purely a crusades film. but it is much more. essentially it is about Arn and his life from childhood to adult. eventually finding his true love but this love is forbidden since he has "sinned with the flesh" as those crazy Christians put it. so he is sent away to the crusades where he encounters Saladin, the oppositions leader. and they come to respect one another as men of honor and wisdom. since this film involved severing of limbs and cutting throats i am puzzled why this film got a pg rating when films like die hard get a 18 rating. the answer is <more>
purely because the financial backers of the film had pull with the censorship board. after all this is the most expensive film production in Scandinavian history. cant wait to see the sequel.