The Last King

| October 5, 2016

It’s very cool that this movie exists. As it were I believe there aren’t enough modern films made to retell past history. In the past few years there have been an immense overflow of remakes upon remakes but not enough new content telling old true stories. The Last King attempts to fill the void that is left by telling the events of 1206 CE Norway in the midst of a civil war. The king has just been murdered and it is Torstein, played by Kristofer Hivju of “Game of Thrones” fame, and Skjervald’s (Jakob Oftebro, “Kon-Tiki,” “Gold Coast”) job to keep his infant son alive.

Often cringey slightly campy and almost always a bit silly, this film doesn’t quite pull off what they were going for. I’d say about 1/3rd of the film is watching these men ski and I have to admit that it made me feel exhausted just witnessing it. I imagine these actors must have slept a fortnight after filming this. Although a fresh take on action, it just wasn’t that interesting after the first time and had some moments of Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond. While I really like his James Bond, I don’t mean it as a compliment.

There are too many moments of forced emotion where I wasn’t able to feel for the characters. I truly wanted to after an early scene where we see Skjervald with his wife and child, but those moments fade away far too quickly. I want to blame my inability to connect with the film on my experience in modern politics. I could not possibly imagine laying my life on the line for say, George W. Bush’s son because he was the rightful heir to the throne. Our leaders have been so far off from loved that I can’t find a personal relationship to the storyline.

That being said this film was enjoyable as purely a campy action film. Even with the amount of falling flat that it accomplishes I still only barely had the urge to surf on my phone once or twice. This is a movie you want to watch when it comes out on some sort of streaming platform, possibly a good Netflix and chill? That way you won’t be upset if you miss any plot.

About the Author:

Mathew Tyler Jordan is an independent filmmaker, writer, and musician originally from a small village in Northern Ohio. Mathew made his way to Chicago, only after stopping in Southern Illinois to gain some experience and a little country inspiration, but he left with that and a little more. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and is the founder of GamTimeTV in Cleveland.
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