Film #279: VALHALLA RISING
4 out of 5 stars
A self-indulgent re-watch! Starkly told and yet beautifully shot, this is a film that, while not for everyone, is absolutely amazing. The pace of the narrative is slow and one really has to pay attention to each and every word spoke (because there aren’t many of them), but damn… just a terrific cinematic experience. VERY violent at times and yet lyrical and introspective, there is just one stunningly crafted scene shown after another. Without ever saying a word, Mads Mikkelson smolders in the lead role and conveys more emotion than many actors could ever accomplish. This is easily one of the best films I’ve seen in recent memory. Comparisons to Dante’s INFERNO are in-bounds. Absolutely amazing and, for the patient viewer, highly recommended.