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The Vikings review

An average movie

I already saw this movie but it was such a long time ago, I have to admit that I actually didn’t remember anything about the damned thing so I thought I might as well check it out again. Well, eventually, it turned out to be a decent watch and I can imagine that it must have been on Kirk Douglas’s bucket list. Eventually, Douglas Senior was actually pretty good here and he managed  to delivered a solid and entertaining performance, even if the guy was almost twice older than his character was obviously supposed to be. With Tony Curtis, however, I’m afraid I wasn’t convinced though and it was always pretty obvious that I was watching a Hollywood star pretending to be a slave. Concerning the story itself, I thought it was rather odd that they spent at least half of the running time dealing with the long lost heir of some obscure old English territory. I mean, wasn’t this movie supposed to be about Vikings?!? On top of that, the old gimmick of a slave turning out to be actually the long lost son of the Queen was hardly original. The whole thing also felt slightly confused about who was actually the leading man between Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis. The point was that Douglas managed to make his character at the same time charismatic, entertaining but also pretty brutal and even feral. As a result, he pretty much stole the show every time he was on the screen even if there was a fair chance that he wasn’t even playing the main character. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a rather well made vintage flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 

Added by johanlefourbe
2 weeks ago on 20 July 2020 09:27