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The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King
Espen “Ash Lad”, a poor farmer’s son, embarks on a dangerous quest with his brothers to save the princess from a vile troll known as the Mountain King – in order to collect a reward and save his family’s farm from ruin.
|Studio :||Sirena Film / Subotica Productions Limited /|
|Crew :||Mikkel Brænne Sandemose /|
|Cast :||Vebjørn Enger Mads Sjøgård Pettersen Elias Holmen Sørensen Allan Hyde Eili Harboe|
|Genre :||Adventure Fantasy Science Fiction|
Superb visual experience, entertaining story, great production quality---1. The movie is visually beautiful. They really did their best to choose the scenery. Every frame is beautiful. The colors are vivid yet natural. The whole movie looks very nice but real, unlike most Hollywood fantasy films that are 95% computer generated. True visual pleasure. 2. The story is obviously based on folklore and old legends everyone is used to. But somehow the writers still managed to make it interesting and captivating not just for a kid but for an adult too. The ending is not trivial but good and feels rewarding. The writers made an attempt to modernize the character of the traditionally passive fairy princess. Made her more active yet kept her natural. 3. Scenery is splendid, fights are powerful, chases are fast, actors are good looking. Those characters who must look scary, look scary but not revolting. CGI are believable yet few. Sound is good, music is good (they even put Grieg into soundtrack and it feels in place). Story is very good. Action flows fast, it's full of suspense. You are not bored and you don't lose track of what's going on. Jokes are good and not of the stale kind. It's a kind of movie to watch again. For fellow Russian viewers I have to mention that Russian dubbing is surprisingly good.
A supringly GREAT and unexpected movie experience---I went to see this film with two 10 year old girls and since I'm 50 year old male/father I had no expectation to like this film as an adult. However, to my great surprise, I found this film to be very good, full of hidden meanings (analogies to important things to do in life and things not to do), good story, great film production, great sceneries, great music, etc., etc. I will not tell more details to not make any spoilers, but can only say that this film is as good for adults as it is for children. I never expected a Norwegian children film to be this good! It can easily compete with the best Hollywood films!! This is the first time I write to IMDb, but this great story inspired me to write for the first time! I will for sure see this film again and again.. :-) ! VERY recommended!!
Probably my best movie experience with the kids---I've gone to the movies with my kids countless times to see children and family movies... fortunately this time it was something else. Our movie experience was great this time, the scenes are beautiful, the movie is funny at times and a little scary at times... bust most importantly, it kept us entertained from start to the end, and that is a very rare thing when this family goes to the movies :) I get easily bored at almost all children/family movies and unfortunately, so do the kids, as more or less all movies have a "downtime" that make them restless and sometimes even wanting to go home. Askeladden kept us at the edge of our seats the whole time, which is a very... very rare thing... well done! :)
Visually nice, entertaining, easy to digest.---So, Norwegian critics have been pretty much butchering this movie. Which is a little strange. On the other hand, Norwegian movie critics don't typically like this kind of movie. No. Boring, dark, dramatic movies that no one (other than the critics) really wants to see, that's what they like! So when someone tries to make an entertaining movie, a movie that sort of breaks the mold, oh yeah, let's reign fire down upon it!Anyway!Askeladden (or Ash Lad as it is internationally) starts off really good. It looks great. I like the visual style. Very strong colors, (something critics have been complaining about), nice nature shots, some cool set pieces. I thought it suited the story very well. It's very well paced, never boring. Has some actually pretty awesome scenes. There is especially one scene, or sequence that I just loved. It's really cool, and the rest of the movie can't quite keep up, because it's that cool. But that's my personal opinion of course. The acting is decent for the most part. Some of the actors speak in a different dialect than they actually have, so for a language person like me, some lines are a little stiff. The script is not the best, but I don't think it's that important. This is a family movie, more for kids than adults, and I don't think the dialogue is that extremely important. (unlike other critics) There are lots of references to different fairy tales, exactly what I wanted. There are also several effect shots, which I thought was pretty damn good. Maybe once or twice, it's not quite as good as it could have been, but that's a very minor issue. I liked the first half or so the best, but all in all I was entertained. I hope this one does well in the theaters, because I want more!
Nice effects though.