Thelongestfilm – Review Medieval Film. Medieval films raised the character of Jan Zizka, a warlord who never lost in the 15th century. Relying on bloody battles and slick visuals, this film is too complex and confusing in telling the theme of resistance against the rulers and has a boring first half.
Synopsis Medieval Movie
Jan Zizka (Ben Foster) is a military leader who originally hired as a mercenary. He leads an army assigned to save a negotiator named Lord Boresh (Michael Caine) from being assassinated.
Boresh tried to stem the chaos that hit Europe after the death of the Roman Emperor Charles IV. The alternate leader, King of Bohemia Wenceslaus IV (Karel Roden), faces the allied forces of King Sigismund of Hungary (Matthew Goode) and the scheming noble Henry of Rosenberg (Til Schweiger).
Zizka then assigned by Lord Boresh to kidnap Rosenberg’s fiancée, Katherine (Sophie Lowe). Boresh kidnaps Katherine so that Rosenberg will keep his word and help Wenceslaus IV crowned leader of the Roman Empire.
A raw, bloody war film
Medieval, a violent medieval adventure and war film, offers serious and complex dialogue interspersed with engaging action.
The first half of this film is quite slow and heavy.Moreover, coupled with the intrigue of power struggles and quite confusing betrayals, this film is not the right spectacle for audiences who want stories that are easy to digest.
Vulgar, the Medieval Film one of the films intended for audiences aged 17 and over. There are nudist scenes, gore, and grisly, bloody fights that are definitely not suitable for underage audiences.
The visuals are pretty amazing. Showcasing stunning European forest and mountain areas, with wide, expansive landscapes and the occasional use of drones to get eagle’s eye shots from above,
The fights and scenes of blatant violence, however, are the film’s main draw. Various weapons with various deadly effects used. Some of the fight scenes are made to switch quickly to create a messy impression, but instead create confusion with unclear choreography. Too bad.
You could say this film presents a pretty thick gore impression. The fight after the battle in this film shows scenes that might seem disgusting to some viewers.
Weak at storytelling
The true story of Jan Zizka, a famous Bohemian (or currently Czech) warlord who never defeated, is the basis for the Medieval film. He defended Prague from an army of 10,000 crusaders with just 80 troops atop Vitkov Hill during the Hussite Wars (1419–1434).
Kudos need pinning to Petr Jakl. Considering that Medieval is his third film as a director, Previously, he played many action film roles, such as in XXX (2002) or Alien vs. Predators (2004).
Jakl doesn’t play around with showing Zizka’s violence and strength in gory style in this film. Broken bones, severed limbs, and arrows to the head reveal the brutal fighting of the Middle Ages.
In the era of CGI-filled action films, this film feels raw with battle scenes using dozens or even hundreds of extras. Acrobatic stunts demonstrated with the use of effects and captivating choreography. Even though some of the scenes were actually blocked by the edits that I said were confusing.
It’s just that medieval isn’t Game of Thrones. Even though they are both full of violence and strewn with blood, this film is less than a way of telling about government intrigues and wars that are too complex, and the pace changes.
Maybe the formula about the war between power and God’s command that echoed in this film not clearly felt. Moreover, the romance between Zizka and Katherine hidden by the masculine side of the fight, which explodes.
Medieval films are not for the faint of heart or those who want light viewing. Bright in battle and charming visuals, but this film is still far behind in terms of storytelling and telling the theme of the battle of the oppressed group against royal tyranny.