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Beauty & the beast escapism
on 31 August 2014
This 2003 DVD [I think it was re-released in 2005]comes with no real features, just the film trailer, scene selection and 3 other film trailers. It's title suggests a typical Viking goes a raiding, raping and pillaging film, but it isn't. It's more your Beauty and the Beast meets the Longships come Beowulf. The plot is simple, spoilt arrogant boy fancies Princess, but she's in love with another. Skip 3 years and the boyfriend has disappeared on an island cursed by one of Odins beasts. Arrogant lad says he'll kill said beast in exchange for the reluctant Princess as his bride so ill dad agrees to make the boy his heir.
Needles to say things don't go exactly to plan. Amidst all the accusations of cowardice, it's the Princess and her girl friend who set off to the rescue -in a princess Leia feet first kind of approach.
The first part runs like a typical low budget 'B' movie with dodgy script, similar acting and a sound level that fades in and out, but by the middle your sucked into the good detail on the props, ship and general scenics and the weak plot begins to grow on you. Some special effects are decidedly dodgy, but overall the film is quite watchable. The end though can be a real tearjerker for the sentimental amongst us errrr hmmm.....
Despite everything this shoddy work still merits a good **** rating for its entertainment value and detail to the period and will appeal to those who enjoy cheesy programmes like Hurcules:the legendary journeys, Zena Warrior Princess etc. If you want big historical blockbusters like The Longships, Sparticus, Kingdom of Heaven, then look elsewhere .