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Viking Movies – Top 5 Best Xpressmovie Picks

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Hey everyone! Today, we are going to let you know the best top 5 viking movies. Hopefully, you will like our picks of top 5. So, without further delay let’s get started…

Viking Movies

Viking Movies - Top 5 Best Xpressmovie Picks

No 01: Hrafninn Flýgur (When the Raven Flies)

Hrafninn Flýgur (When the Raven Flies)  

Release Date:

February 4th, 1984

About & Storyline

This movie is essentially a spaghetti western, set in the Viking Age. The plot revolves around the personal vendetta of an Irishman who comes to Iceland to avenge his dead parents and the kidnapping of his sister. It’s got a good Goblin / Riz Ortolani like the soundtrack that sets the perfect cheesy atmosphere for the movie. This is actually the first film in the State Gunlogson’s spiking trilogy. The second movie isn’t too shabby but the third is well what it is. It also stars Helgi Schoolís on who is like the Lee Van Cleef of Viking movies. It’s got some great one-liners and should go well with cowboy aficionados as well as for connoisseurs of samurai cinema.

No 02: Útlaginn (The Saga of Gisli)

Útlaginn (The Saga of Gisli)

Release Date:

October 31st, 1981

About & Storyline

Another Icelandic movie and this is a nice little murder mystery. Steeped in smoky darkness with Loki supernatural elements. In terms of realism, this is by far the best Viking movie ever made. That being said it’s a little dated but it’s nice to see a fairly faithful depiction of Norse peasant society for a change. The plot is a little bit confusing, it’s based on the Icelandic outlaw saga of gisli. So, I recommend familiarizing yourself with the basic plot before you actually go and see the movie.

No 03: Alfred the Great

Alfred the Great

Release Date:

October 31, 1981

About & Storyline

Michael York gives a stellar performance as the king of Wessex in this Freudian melodrama. Involving a blatant cuckolding of the Anglo-Saxons by some crude but oddly romantic Danish invaders. Alfred struggles to mediate between the passions of his primal masculinity and the restraints demanded of him as a man of God. This exaggerated contrast between the Norse and Anglo-Saxon cultures makes for interesting storytelling. I know that Alfred probably had his personal demons but the plot sort of makes me feel like this is a belated coming-of-age film about what is apparently a grown-ass man. However, the use of the Danes as catalysts for his will to power is kind of a fun plot device.

No 04: The Viking

The Viking

Release Date:

November 2, 1928

About & Storyline

If you like the classic magnetic aesthetic of the 19th and early 20th centuries, you’re going to love this one. It might be a silent movie in terms of dialogue but it’s actually full of music sound effects and even singing. The Viking in question is of course Leif Eriksson who is pretty much the only Viking era personality who is known or cared about by the general American audience. In terms of accuracy, it goes without saying that the movie is a total mess but you gotta take it for what it is. One thing that makes the movie historically interesting, are the ways in which it obviously tries to flatter Scandinavian American audiences.

I almost busted a blood vessel when I saw the front of Newport tower. it’s also an important piece of cinematic history. Apparently, it’s the first technical feature to actually receive a full synchronized soundtrack.

No 05: Riverhead

Riverhead

Release Date:

September 16, 2016

About & Storyline

This isn’t a Viking movie and anything but the spirit and that’s not even intentional. But I want to tell you about it anyway and for good reason. Riverhead is a social realist drama set in a small coastal town in eastern Canada. It is also a rare example of a depiction of a non-urban white working-class society from a sympathetic point of view. Much like the sagas, it shows a solid appreciation for the inner justice of a decentralized honor-shaped society. Without giving us a whole moral lecture about it but also like the sagas, it contains a pragmatic critique of misplaced pride.

Illustrating how old grudges can spiral into full-on blood feuds, though nobody even remembers how it all started. In terms of subject matter, this one is much closer to the atmosphere of the Icelandic sagas than anything else I’ve seen coming out for the last few decades. It shows how circumstances can push reasonable people into doing very unreasonable things. The cinematography is beautiful and the landscape is full of North Atlantic Ygritte. Many of the characters feel like people we have met or grown up with. Basically, it contains anything I would ever want from movies at the North Society, without actually being set in North Society.

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