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A made-for-TV film based on the Germanic myth that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write The Lord of the Rings. Surprisingly, it isn?t too much centered on its world full of magic, dragons and such, but it?s really more centered on four characters and their journey through love, betrayal, mischief, tragedy and power-struggle against each other. The all-too familiar world that they live in is treated like how a movie set in present-day New York would: familiar. Which I was pretty thankful for, since seeing characters go ?Wow!? at everything they see in the entire run would be tiresome like what the first two Harry Potter films did, but I won?t go there.
[left] The production values are surprisingly high, and while there are some dodgy visuals here and there (that ?army? looked like the actors were standing behind a movie screen), they?re mostly well-made, and it didn?t rely too much on it anyway. The costumes, sets and props are the ones to look out for in this film. They?re all so detailed and, more importantly, convincing. It brought to life the world that the film was set in, and they?re all just gorgeous.
It?s not a story about a dragon, or magical powers, but about five characters and how they would go so far for love, power or glory. Some are hurt, some triumph, and it all leads to a tragic ending that could?ve been handled a lot better. It?s not a film to see to get your spirits up or to sit back and watch stuff get destroyed etc., since it isn?t too action-packed at all.
The performances are mostly good, but the one who truly shines in the film is the gorgeous Kristanna Loken, who plays Queen Brunnhild, the woman that no man could ever beat except for Siegried, to which they immediately have sex near an asteroid field and say ?I love you? to one another, all of which lasted for a total of 30 seconds thanks to the awkward editing (It all happened in one night, I might add). Loken plays her character so well in the film and is very convincing as this tough and ridiculously strong woman at the same time. She both had the perfect look and attitude without making her a ?tomboy? or too manly-tough and the character is the most likeable of the bunch. I can?t say all that much for the rest of the cast, just that the hero of the film could?ve been a lot better. Alicia Witt is also decent in the film.
I don?t know if it had any running time restrictions (since it is after all a made-for-TV movie), just that, since I saw it in theaters, the TV version is an hour longer (I?m not really sure if it includes commercials, but it really looks that way). The film is incredibly fast-paced, but never exciting at all. The editing is quite terrible, and the use of slow-mo certainly wasn?t used well, which makes most of the fight scenes, though well-choreographed, distracting. The cinematography is also terrible, since it doesn?t fully capture all the beautiful exterior sets or characters in one frame. It doesn?t take the time to appreciate the film?s look and utterly fails. Also, the uses of flashbacks are awful, showing some moments which the audience certainly wouldn?t forget. It felt like they were spoon-feeding the audience with obvious moments (some key plot points are even spelled out by the characters themselves in some scenes).
Extras are turned into characters; some are forgotten, underdeveloped or suddenly killed. Motives aren?t present, and changes with their characterizations just to fit a scene were? strange. Without its great story, the film would be nothing, but because of performances and the world it creates, it works really well in the end. It?s not a terrible film at all, just that with a much better editing, cinematography, and a slower pace to give time for some of the characters (It seems that nobody cared for Queen Brunnhild and what she did at the epilogue), it could?ve been a whole lot better.
[Seems that RT doesn't have this listed. Too bad.]