Pssst, want to check out Kon-Tiki in our new look?
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Didn't like the changes they did from the book (and history). They made the character of Herman Watzinger into a wuzz because they thought people would not survive seeing a movie without human conflict. They should have made this as a straigth forward adventure movie of man vs. nature. Instead they invented a man vs. man angle that simply did not exist in real life and thus shamed the historical connections in the movie.
I get that this is a triumphant National victory of a film for Norway, but both Turn Me on, Dammit! and Oslo, August 31st are much better films.
Kon-Tiki is a Norwegian film recounting the 1947 expedition chronicled in an award-winning 1950 documentary that took ethnologist Thor Heyerdahl on a journey to prove the ancient South Americans sailed the currents of the Pacific on balsa wood rafts and settled Polynesia (instead of Asians from the West). It's a grand human adventure, watchable if only to see how they solved problems while on the open ocean (and beautifully shot ON the open ocean), which I imagine you get from the documentary as well. The drama allows the film to link Thor's fearless spirit of exploration to his youth, and to the irony that he didn't know how to swim. But there's not a lot of that, so it's mostly a procedural, which is fine, but doesn't necessarily elevate the material for me. Note that Netflix has the English version, not the original Norwegian, but it's not a dub, it's the scenes redone in English for the international market. One wonders if there are important differences in performance, but it doesn't seem to suffer because of the language change.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!