RATINGS: Amundsen (2019)

The Norwegian directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning have earned a good reputation with the Oscar-nominated drama Kon-Tiki, in which a team of researchers built a raft and tried to get from South America to Polynesia. Here they showed that they understand each other with film stories, tricks and a sense of adventure stories. Her five Pirates of the Caribbean were also successful, but their paths were shared in 2019. And it was probably a mistake.

Joachim Rønning has shot a chic, if completely normal fantasy sequel: Angry: Queen of Everything Evil and his partner Espen Sandberg are now coming with Amundsen. It’s much more serious, cheaper, and probably more ambitious than the work of his former colleague, but unfortunately it’s a similarly minor matter in the end. Amundsen is, of course, the story of what is probably the most famous polar and conqueror of the ice desert, who led the first successful expedition to the South Pole and successfully sailed northwest around North America. But he did everything at the cost of enormous personal sacrifices because his passion for discovery almost destroyed his relationship with his colleagues and family.

Amundsen wasn’t exactly a likeable gentleman and that’s the main problem with his film biographies. The famous polar explorer loved winter and ice, perhaps because he was not one of the warmest people in the world and the film portrays him as an ambitious, proud, but cool person who approaches his tasks and, unfortunately, relationships with pure pragmatism. Amundsen is more a machine than a human. It’s hard to know what is going on behind his uninterested expression. I have no reason to believe that this explorer should really be any different, but on the other hand, the creators had to realize that it would be difficult for a person to build a positive or negative relationship. As a result, his film history is as cold as he is.

In short, Espen Sandberg forces a man to spend two hours in the cinema with someone who wrote history but wasn’t a very interesting person himself. Or maybe it was him, but if we don’t count the absolute obsession and desire to prove crazy things, we won’t know much about him. I understand that this should have been one of Amudsen’s issues, that he was inaccessible, and that even his brother or deadly wife didn’t know everything about him, but wonder if you could do it for a two-hour film.


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You and Amundsen are pretty boring. Sandberg focuses more on the hero himself, who remains annoyingly measured until the last headlines. His discovery paths or adventures are pushed a little into the background. It hurts because all expeditions to the realm of ice and the minus temperatures Sandberg manages to tell a lot of imaginative and visually appealing. It is a pity, therefore, that he decided to tell more about Amundsen’s actions about him. Because it’s not very interesting itself. After Kon-Tiki, I was waiting for a more exciting, interesting and fun show.

 

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