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The Last Kingdom (2015)

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Summary: As a child, Uhtred witnessed his father being killed and the Saxon army defeated by invading Viking troops. Danish warlord Earl Ragnar captured Uhtred and raised him in a Danish camp alongside fellow captive Brida, a sharp-tongued girl. Years later, Uhtred is a valiant warrior who is dealt another tragic blow when his home is deliberately set on fire, killing his surrogate family, including Ragnar. Now exiled — alone except for Brida by his side — he vows to avenge Ragnar’s death and reclaim his homeland. But, he must choose between his birth country and the people who raised him. If he is going to help birth a new nation and ultimately recapture his ancestral land he must first walk a dangerous path between both sides.

Review:

As an avid fan of TV and movies of all types, this was truly an unexpected surprise. Each episode left me wanting more. The writing and the pace was superb. The annoyances I had with the film were mainly how characters treated each other and sometimes acted like children, but at the end everything comes full circle. You see the characters change and you feel like you’ve grown with them. The final battle gave me chills, which rarely happens.

The production quality isn’t the best, which took a little getting used too, but in the end it aided the grittiness of the show. The acting was good, but I would venture to say the characters aren’t as likable as those from History channel’s The Vikings. A problem with The Vikings is that there are a lot of filler episodes, which offsets the pace a lot. The Last Kingdom is the exact opposite of that.

This is an entertainment piece. And as such, to an individual like myself, the show stirs a historical intrigue that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. If you want people to appreciate history, it doesn’t always have to come in the form of documentaries, text books, or wiki.

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Rick Mac
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