The Halls of the Gods in Valhalla Movie themselves are a kind of inscription of rumpled and thumping curtains. Thor’s house is a miserable room where the characters sleep almost end to end, and this is instead of cartoon 540 rooms. Utgarde is inhabited by cosplayers of orcs, whom it would be better if they continued to call them Jotuns, rather than being turned into giants by localization magic: these “giants” are only slightly taller than the human boy Tyavi. The main special effect, which takes place under the name Fenrir, is in harmony with everything else: it is desperately outdated.
In a word, these are by no means colorful; and good old-fashioned adventures of Espen from the Norwegian film series based on Norwegian fairy tales. The difference is the same as between atmospheric vintage and dusty junk.
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The only character who unconditionally evokes sympathy is the dumb chitun Quark. Who only does what helps the heroes – as a reward, receiving either contempt or a direct order to get away. Yes, Tyavi and Ruskwa are very nice children. The same Ruskwa is drawn to compare with Chihiro from Spirited Away; in contrast: Chihiro agreed to the hard work of a witch’s servant; for a chance to save her parents, and Ruskwa; on the contrary, ran away from her aging parents, leaving them without help, and asked the gods. The only consolation for the audience is the irony of how the exchange of one responsibility for another turned out to be for Ruskva.
Beautiful landscapes and classic fairy-tale movies like reviving the dead or a combination of magical prohibition and violation of it can also sweeten the pill a little. And it’s nice to refresh the myths.
However, much more noticeable are unpleasant heroes, a swaying plot, a total budget with the declared epic, boring production. An attempt to compete with the overseas Vanderbildikha failed.