“‘Valhalla Rising’: Nicolas Winding Refn’s Oft-Forgotten Gem Scoffs At Your ‘Thoughts & Prayers'”

Ah, the folly of something like youth.

In 2012, I had laparoscopic hernia surgery, woke up high as a Falcon 9, and after being dissuaded from calling my mom (which would have been a terrible idea), I flopped down in front of the TV and started watching movies. The first was Being Elmo, which, when you’re coming off of sedatives, is pretty good viewing. The second was Valhalla Rising, a movie I really had no business writing about because it’s the worst kind of movie to watch when your head is full of cobwebs and vague hallucinations.

So naturally I wrote about it despite falling asleep twice and rewinding both times, and naturally I didn’t like it.

Now it’s 2020, and IFC just dropped the movie on Blu-ray for the first time ever, so I took the opportunity to revisit it and: I think it’s better than anything else Nicolas Winding Refn has ever done. Time makes fools of us all.

You can read my full review over at The Playlist.


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