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17 September 2009 @ 10:45 am
Solomon Kane  
Well, I'm still pretty shattered, after getting home at 4am last night from the screening (which I hadn't even realised was the first ever public screening in  the world, Cannes being a private audience, of course).  A full review (in both spoilerific and spoiler-free flavours) will come when I can collect my thoughts properly.

But, in short, it freaking rocked.  Robert E Howard fans take heart; Solomon Kane will be held up alongside the Lord of The Rings trilogy as one of the great fantasy masterpieces.  And fantasy fans take heart too; this film, like Lord of The Rings, offers up proof that the fantasy genre offers a majestic presence, and an intensity of story-telling that cinema has only just begun to engage with.  Intense, emotionally powerful, and stunningly beautiful (which an odd turn of phrase for a film that is so often going out of it's way to be ugly), this is a film that knows what it is, and respects itself for it.

Other thought:  Solomon Kane is a fantasy movie in the grand style of Lord of The Rings, and defiantly so, but it is also it's own animal, and maintains a style that is distinct, and unique.  It stands alongside, but it's stands on it's own two feet.

Brits on my friends list will be pleased to know that, lucky bastards like me aside, they'll probably be the first to get their mitts on this film, since European distribution is locked down, whilst North America is still up in the air.  Not surprising as the film is almost entirely a British project.

To quote the director:  "This is Britain.   We don't do big fantasy epics!"
Well, we bloody well should, if this what the results look like.
Archangelarchangelonline on September 17th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)

Hopefully, if the film's a hit, Britain will start doing more fantasy movies. Our gangster movies are a bit stale, so we can't just rely on Richard Curtis for rom-coms any more.
(Anonymous) on September 18th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
Toronto Film Festival
Well done son - Carpe Diem.
I recon Toronto FF now surpasses Cannes anyways!
RU not hearing a fuss about 'Creation' also?
Peter Bruntonpetemonster on September 18th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Toronto Film Festival
I'm starting to hear rumblings. It's definitely being thrown as one to watch out for. Unfortunately, my schedule, and moneys, don't really permit me to bounce around catching stuff from the festival as a whole. I think getting to see Solomon Kane may be my only participation this year, and I'm fine with that.
captain_carrotcaptain_carrot on September 18th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
Saw a trailer for this the other day and thought it looked very interesting. Glad that's not just trailer glitter.