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Redbad (2018)

Redbad (2018)

Gijs NaberLisa SmitHuub StapelDerek de Lint
Roel Reiné


Redbad (2018) is a Dutch,English movie. Roel Reiné has directed this movie. Gijs Naber,Lisa Smit,Huub Stapel,Derek de Lint are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2018. Redbad (2018) is considered one of the best Action,Adventure,Drama,History,War movie in India and around the world.

700 AD. Northern Europe is divided into two worlds: the Frisians, Saxons and Danes live above the rivers, below the rivers live the Franks. They want to achieve what even the Romans did not succeed: conquer all of Europe. They put in a new weapon to enslave the Gentiles: Christianity. They target Europe's main trading center, where the Frisian king Aldigisl rules.


Redbad (2018) Reviews

  • In desperate need of a script doctor


    Let me start by saying that I was completely biased prior to watching Redbad: I was an extra on this movie and I had an epic time on set with cast & crew. The selection process was quite interesting: on entry you received a piece of paper with an image of a sheep and an image of a power drill. The objective was to circle the sheep. If you did this correctly, you were dressed up as "Frank" (which I was). Those who had difficulty with the assignment were appointed as a Frisian extra. Jokes aside: I really REALLY wanted this movie to be great. But when the lights went on after 2 hours and 40 minutes the audience silently rushed for the exit. It was not so good. First of all it should have been at least an hour shorter. The pace was wrong: parts were tediously long, while other segments were rushed. The principle "show don't tell" was seriously violated: characters were constantly stating the obvious: When Redbad tricks the enemy cavalry and the horses are swallowed by the rising water, he needs to point out that high tide is rolling in. DOH! Having participated in the battle scenes I was hoping for something spectacular. Alas. The "biggest army in the world" looked to consist out of only a handful of soldiers. VFX clearly lacked the "MASSIVE" plugin (and were mediocre in general). Some performances were below par, but I guess the dialogues did not help either. I never quite figured out if Jack Wouterse as Willibrord was meant as a comic relief or as a raging psychopath. The weakest part was clearly the story, which was inconsistent and fuzzy. Redbad washes up at a place where everybody speaks English, but only near the end of the movie it is explained that it actually was a Danish tribe. Advice for William of Orange: start with a good script (content) and then dress it up nicely (instead of the other way around). Kill your darlings ( for example the tsunami of slo-mo/picturesque landscape/repetitive footage). And not every scene requires bombastic music! You cannot climax every other minute ;-). This director can do better.

  • Great movie


    I think some reviews here are very very very negative. It is an interesting story told by the movie, its somehwat unknown in the Netherlands because its has been partly erased from the history books. I can understand people who say the movie is too long, but that didnt annoy me. Redbad is underated in my opinion.

  • Too long


    Interesting story, very nicely filmed ( high contrast/ desatuarated imagery), decent acting all around, nice battlescenes but nothing you haven't seen done before ( and better done), nice looking leadactors.... but the movie is way to long... it would have benefited greatly from some sharp editing. It could have been easily 30 min shorter en much the better for it. I caught myself glanzing at my watch a couple of times ... To many unneccesary long scenes and other scenes could have benefited from from some added time All in all ok but not great and certainly not a sensation ( even by Dutch standards)

  • Braveheart-wannebe


    2015 saw the release of 'Michiel de Ruyter' (marketed as 'Admiral' in most foreign markets), which showed that director Roel Reiné could make the most out of a limited budget, with some really epic battle scenes as a result. Coupled with a decent cast and a nice historical narrative (allowing for some artistic impression, of course), it really made me curious to see how Reiné would do in his next project. 'Redbad' was announced sometime later, an epic about one of our lesser known heroes, as well as a call-out to everyone who wanted to participate as an extra in Medieval battle scenes (preferably with a horse). Sounded like a recipe for a Dutch Braveheart, but unfortunately, where Redbad is big in set-up, it fails in delivery because it wants to be too big for its own good. MdR already made clear that 'subtlety' is not in Reiné's dictionary, but he got away with it because that movie was more of an engaging history lesson rather than a character drama anyway. Redbad, however, is the reverse. Despite a 160-minute running time, only a small portion of that is devoted to battles and action. This would be no problem if the remaining time would create a fascinating picture of its main hero and the people he deals with, but this is exactly where Redbad falls short. The good news is that Reiné shows his craftsmanship again when it comes to visual style. There is breath-taking cinematography at times, with wide landscapes and lush art direction that made me wonder where they were all shot. Some have criticized the harsh and desaturated quality of the image, but I disagree; the early Middle Ages were harsh times, and there is no objection to seeing that grittiness reflected in the atmosphere, as long as things are not muddled. Some also complained that the battle scenes were impossible to follow due to camera and editing, and because you can't discern between the two armies. I don't share these objections either; if you're into paranoid symbolism, you could argue that the baddies dress in blue and have a coat of arms that resembles a Facebook logo, so they're easy to spot. The battle scenes are not exactly of Game of Thrones quality (they probably couldn't make one episode out of Redbad's entire budget), but they still look pretty good: slightly chaotic without looking too rehearsed. There is some shaky-cam and quick editing, but nothing too frenetic. Nowhere did I get the feeling that it was unnecessarily disorienting, or that I lost oversight of what was happening on the screen. The bad news is that as a storyteller or actor's director, Reiné still has a lot to learn. Like in MdR, he has cast a lot of television actors and has them converse in modern Dutch. That was forgivable for MdR, but it doesn't work here. For some reason, the farther you go back in time, the more ridiculous it sounds to hear historic characters use terms that didn't exist then (especially using regional accents). I have no principle problems with actors from soap operas and comedies dressed as feral Friesians (except for some unnecessary cameos like Birgit Schuurman), but if you give them texts like "no, YOU look like sh#t", then I get taken out of the movie, and I see the soapie again, not the character. Granted, you don't want the characters speaking in ridiculously pretentious verses like in Troy ("I am Ajax, destroyer of rocks" always gets a good giggle from me), but it must be possible to give the dialogue some sense of historic solemnity and gravitas, like in Gladiator, without becoming pompous or completely unintelligible. It is almost fascinating to see actors of all ages and walks of life struggling with the contrast between their appearance and their texts, and most seem to compensate for this by overacting as if they were doing Shakespeare in a school play, turning every phrase into an emphasized one-liner. Strangely enough, this affects mostly the more seasoned veterans like Derek de Lint, but even he doesn't reach the painful depths of Renée Soutendijk, Egbert-Jan Weber and especially Jack Wouterse (who was apparently under the mistaken impression that he was comic relief). Jonathan Banks as Pepijn was obviously cast to give the movie some international appeal, but at least his "Medieval Mike Ehrmantraut" performance is one of the few that doesn't feel too misplaced. The screenplay, apart from the dialogues, is my second grief. Not so much is known about the historical Redbad, so it is completely acceptable that they made up several elements for dramatic purposes, as long as that makes for an engaging narrative. That the superior Frankish army looks like a pretty unimpressive group of soldiers isn't a big problem (again, Dutch budgets). But in a solid script, the presented elements at least make sense or are properly motivated and balanced. The Franks are depicted as murderous zealots, which makes them uninteresting one-dimensional villains, probably used as easy comparisons to ISIS and a contrast with the noble Friesians (who historically must have been just as cruel at times). Redbad himself is presented as the Dutch Braveheart, including a "they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom" speech. He is apparently bound to lead his people to victory, and everywhere he comes, people hail him as their savior, but we never get to see why he is such a good strategist, and how he acquired those skills. Gijs Naber is a fine actor and he is doing his best with the material that is handed to him, but he still feels ill-equipped for such a tough role. There are more annoying holes in the story and presentation. Why do the Franks speak English, where French would seem more logical? Why do Friesian tribes in Denmark speak English, the same language as the Franks, instead of something sounding more Dutch (like Danish)? Why are the place name captions in English, whereas the opening and closing texts are in Dutch? And a dishonorable mention for the way in which two of the battles in the movie are resolved; one involving the sea, and the almost laughable skirmish at the climax involving a spear. Finally, the nail in this biopic's coffin is that it is constantly overselling itself with bombastic music and unnecessary visual tricks. Reiné's constant need for slow-motion shots is one thing, but his imagery is drowned in an ever-so-present score from a guy who probably thinks he is Hans Zimmer, and constantly abuses the heavy strings and low-frequency bass. I am not necessarily a supporter of the 'less-is-more' dogma, but here, even calm dialogue scenes that would call for two instruments and a soft choir are smothered in obtrusively epic music. The lack of subtle musical motives starts to feel like being kept awake all night by a next-door house party. I am not mad at this film, and I certainly didn't find it the piece of wreckage that some make it out to be. It had some moments of visual grandeur, but sadly, an unmotivated screenplay filled with holes prevents most scenes from having the visceral impact that they could have had. Watching it was like grading a school essay where you add comments in red ink, and nearly every paragraph needs correction. I guess you could call it an engaging movie in that sense, but for the wrong reasons.

  • If you take 'red' out of the title, then you've got it right


    I know this movie is already known for it's duration now but let me state once again: this movie is WAY TOO LONG. This shouldn't be a problem if indeed most of the shots were interesting but sadly, this isn't the case. Instead you get bombarded with multiple slo-mo nature/animal/close-up shots. Furthermore i have to say the story is a bit of a mess. Sometimes you get to know something huge about a character and it's never even slightly mentioned before, it's suddenly just out there and after that you've gotta deal with it yourself, character development is pretty 'bad'. Also it feels like some actors were put in there because they're 'famous' (if that's the right word for it), they just had a few lines and they deliver them very POORLY. Jonathan Banks was the most positive aspect in this whole movie. Besides all the above: the battle scenes are fine (nothing you haven't seen already), i think the CGI is pretty good for a dutch movie and it has some gory moments which will keep your eyes open (i had mine closed for a while). Long story short if you like long movies A LOT, historical movies A LOT and you like vikings A LOT then you'll enjoy this, i'm sure of it. Otherwise i really recommend you to watch the Vikings TV-serie because it's a lot better/fun/hardcore and basically covers the same christian/viking struggle in a better way ( a better way to invest your time). I hope you'll have a good time if you still decide to go, can't assure you that you won't be looking at your watch a few times or trying to find out when the movie's going to end. Cheers


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