"'It's all style with little substance. ROCK ON!!'"
You know, movies like this one always get rocked by the critics. Why? This is no "Terms of Endearement" meets "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad". There is no inner wisdom to be gained by watching this movie. So why go see it? TO BE FUCKING ENTERTAINED!!Sure, I read the reviews early on. I debated over those reviews with a friend of mine before going to see the film. He and I both agreed - fuck the critics. We want to see this anyhow.
This is my type of movie. And in my opinion, they don't make enough of them. Movies with this "epic" feel that are all about loyalty, bravery, and conquest. The 80's had plenty of movies like this also. I remember "Clash of the Titans", "Ladyhawke", "Conan the Barbarian/Destroyer", and "Dragonslayer". I loved those movies. And then, it seemed like they just stopped getting made.
And now, we are in the "Summer of Surprises". This year started us out with The Matrix, gave us the "Blair Witch Project" and "The Sixth Sense", along with "Bowfinger" and "American Pie". Horray for 1999. And now, another one to add.
I liken this movie to "Deep Blue Sea". Great visuals, decent acting, but OUTRAGEOUSLY COOL camera work and special effects. "The 13th Warrior" just takes the viewer on the quest with a few vikings who are trying to wipe out an "evil" that travels with the mist, and slays towns. You are there with them - in the middle of the sword fights. Sitting in the circle planning the attack. Digging in the trenches with Antonio. You are there.
And that camera work is what makes the movie work. It allows you to take something as simple as a 2 hour journey into a fantasy land, to do battle with the beast. And nothing more.Does that make this a GREAT movie? Nope. But it DOES make it a good movie - one that was highly enjoyable, and worth seeing a few more times.