The movie developed in the third Crusade and being based on epic events and historic characters , thus it appears Saladin -played by Soman- who created the dynasty Ayyubida and vanquished Crusaders in Alepo and Hattin battles and reconquers Jerusalem 1187 that had previously been won by Geoffrey Boullon in the first Crusade , also appears the Great Master Templar -well played by the British Steven Waddington- who asks help Arn for the third Crusade and defeat Saladin. They were not too well-known and therefore good choices. I am a big fan of medieval action so I know what I am talking about. Production design is magnificent , as the forts , convents , the striking outdoors and the impressive Jerusalem city. . I feared a cheap American epic movie ripoff with flawed actors and fake-looking special effects. Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.
I'm glad the film was shot in Sweden and not in Eastern Europe. Colorful and breathtaking epic about Sweden history and Crusades in the Dark Ages based on two novels written by Jan Guillou , being Scandinavia's most expensive film production ever. But Arn is sent to battle as a knight Templar to do sacrifice for the forbidden love. However , Swedish Public Service withdrew support from the project only months before its release, citing lack of quality and unsatisfying amount of material as main reasons, then the studio instead claimed the disagreement was due to budget concerns. Arn is more interesting than that: it is a surprisingly complex film about honour and medieval notions of chivalry and values. This is the first part of the story of Arn. Evocative and glimmer cinematography is spellbound and evocative musical score with some oriental sounds during Jerusalen scenes.
What they will see is the tale of the medieval life told in the most simple way. Arm 'll confront Templars knights enemies as well as Muslims. Those wanting just action had best look elsewhere those wanting both action and character, and a real exploration of the values of knighthood then this will definitely be your cup of tea and something to savour. The obsession of power between kings. It was magical and it actually seemed even better a few days after I watched it. Don't expect another Gladiator or Kingdom of Heaven. Naturally, many will expect to see the same of what we've seen in epic movies so far.
As someone here pointed out you will not see big battles like in Gladiator but a medieval epic can be good even without these huge battles, can it not? I never read the books so I can't compare the movie to them. During the first half of the movie at some point the storytelling got a little over hand, which is understandable while the balancing between being informative and entertaining is a hard thing to perfect. Though, it would be a shame going to the theater to see this film waiting for the heads to start rolling to the right and to the left, missing out the whole experience of having an honest story about the medieval life being told right in front of your eyes by common people. While Cecilia is sent into a convent ruled by a rigid Superior Mother Bibi Andersson. The movie is cut to fit a higher tempo, but lacks some of the details and depth of the original story. Yes, it is quite elegiac, and that fits its Nordic roots well.
A mother promising away her son to God to serve him. Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love. Now I have my hopes up for the second movie to round up this tale as well as or better than this first part started it. Synopsis Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love. The executive producer Johan Mardell and director Peter Flinth confirmed that the movie ran over budget during production.
To get to know your worst enemy and respect him as a man, and to meet anguish of having to kill him on the battle field without really knowing why. Many will expect to see a hero or a group of heroes slaughtering hordes of enemies for the pure obsession of it that they call glory, but they won't. The battles are very well staged with thousands people and others by means of computer generator special effects. I know my epic movies pretty well, and in the trailer some months before release I notices some bass tones of the music score were identical to a part of the Gladiator music. This is the international cut of the two movies Arn: The Knight Templar and Arn: The Kingdom at Road's End.
The picture narrates on Crusades age and set on Sweden backdrop in 110s , the starring is Arn Magnusson Joakin Natterqvist son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman turned monk , being educated at a monastery under his preceptor Father Henry Simon Callow and is trained in the fencing art by Brother Guilbert Vincent Perez. As he is excommunicated , banished and obligated to fight on Holy Land as knight Templar against the Saracen. It is kind of like Braveheart in its values, and less like Kingdom of Heaven than you'd expect. These movies were fantastic but this one was quite different, but not the least bit less good. Overall, one of the better films about the crusades and the choices made for people living in a time when individual freedom was lost and subjugated to church and kings. I also liked the actors chosen for the film.
Then , there happens a stormy love story between the nobleman young and a beautiful girl named Cecilia Sofia Helin. I hoped so, but I expected otherwise. Meanwhile , there are violent rivaling royal clan struggles for power in Sweden , the Sverkis and the Folkes Stellan Skarsgard and Michael Nyqvist of Milennium saga. It's Sweden's most expensive film production ever made. Arn has one big difference from the epic movies we know - it is made in a country where an epic movie of this size has never been made before. In the motion picture there are historical deeds ,overwhelming battles , gorgeous landscapes and gorgeous scenarios.
Luckily, I did not see what I expected. Rating : 6 , Acceptable and passable historical film. . . . .