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Daffy Doug Inactive Member13 Oct 2008 8:50 a.m. PST


Oh, but I DO hope they fulfil that description, "spaghetti-western-Viking-movie." That's exactly how I see the Viking Sagas!

aecurtis Fezian Inactive Member13 Oct 2008 9:10 a.m. PST

They've been good when the Icelanders have done them on their own. Letting Hollywood in the door is probabaly a mistake.


Daffy Doug Inactive Member13 Oct 2008 11:03 a.m. PST

You know, the Beowulf filmed there, with Gerard Butler, was a pretty film to look at. The fact that it floundered on the twin dilemmas of poor screen writing and Sarah Polly, is nothing to do with the technical competence of the production crews. Hopefully this one will sail better! If it does, then the Icelandic Sagas are a gold mine of material for followups!

lugal hdan13 Oct 2008 11:46 a.m. PST

Gah! Sarah Polly was WRETCHED in that film. But otherwise, I quite enjoyed it.

Alxbates13 Oct 2008 12:29 p.m. PST

This could be fun!

And I liked the Beowulf film, too, but I agree – Sara Polly was the *WRONG* actress for that role. Interesting to have Grendel as a neanderthal, but then they went all fantasy with it at the end with a Water Troll as his mom. Odd film, lots of parts of it didn't quite work, but overall I enjoyed it.

I hope that this Saga film keeps the stuff that worked and fixes the stuff that didn't – comparing it to a Spaghetti Western is an interesting idea!

freewargamesrules13 Oct 2008 1:04 p.m. PST

I thought the Icelandic Sagas was something to do with the collapse of their banking systems!

mweaver Inactive Member13 Oct 2008 4:09 p.m. PST

Yes, I also thought the "Beowulf" film was good, except for Sara Polly not fitting in at all, and the sea troll spoiling what was otherwise a decent attempt to tell the story plausibly.

LOVED the ponies!

Maybe some good will come out of this new film. But I suspect Allen may be right…

Streitax14 Oct 2008 10:52 a.m. PST

But will Tony Curtis and Kirk Douglas be available to reprise their classic performances? It just wouldn't be a Viking movie without them!

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