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The Pagan King (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: The Pagan King
Year: 2018
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Directed By: Aigars Grauba
Starring: Edvin Endre, James Bloor, Dainis Grube
About: On his deathbed, the reigning king bestows power to an unexpected heir who must find strength within himself to unite his people against the violent crusades which threaten their freedom.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv6BPY1vJQg

My Review:
Having got my mum this movie for her Christmas we decided that we would watch this and not having any expectations going into this I was very surprised by how captivating this movie was and how much I ended up enjoying this.

I thought that the cinematography in this movie was brilliant and really brought me into the film and continuously think that the cameraman done an amazing job at creating an atmosphere in which was dangerous but also showed so much love within the clan and the beauty in the land in which they were living. I did think also that by showing how the Christians would do anything to get rid of the Pagans from their own land showed how they wanted to dominate the world even if it was eradicating everyone. I thought by showing the lengths that they would go to including paying people to get them to betray their own people and to take their lands showed how the Romans would do anything to conquer the world. I thought that the actor who played Max was done well and he kept the character sinister and throughout showed how much you could not trust him and how he would betray anyone. Having max kill the Pagan King and his son in the hope that one of the tribal leaders would take it and give it to Max however gave it to someone who didn't even want the title however was very passionate about his people showed how the King wanted to make sure that his people were safe even in his death. By choosing Namejs who even though he made mistakes done everything he could do keep his people from becoming slaves to the Christians and his speech about how they could die together as one and not give their freedom or give it away to someone else and become slaves on their own land made me think of how much hope he had in his people and how much he believed that being together and choosing their own paths was very important. By having the ring that Max was trying to get from the beginning of the movie made into rings for everyone at the end of the movie showed how he believed everyone had a right to their own future and their own independence and no-one could choose it for them while also making sure that Max could never have it made me really happy to watch and so proud that the Pagans were able to come out on top.

I thought that this movie was unique and different to other historical movies I have seen by showing Pagans which isn't something I usually see in films. I can't fault The Pagan King and thought that it deserved a lot more recognition as a movie as this is something in which I loved and I can't wait to see again. I would recommend this to people who would like an action movie which is different than usual and to people who is interested in Pagans.

My Rating: 5/5 

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