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Erik Skjoldbjaergs Narvik is a gorgeous-looking war film that’s inherently gripping and above average at playing up the moral dilemmas, though it’s frustratingly sluggish at times.
We review Narvik Netflix movie no spoilers or major plot points.
Narvik was the first defeat of Hitler’s war against the world. The battle took place in a small town in Scandinavia that was blessed with resources that enabled Germany to stock up on supplies to win the war. It’s a story of opportunity and of course cinematic – an honest David vs. Goliath story that can be at times compelling and at times frustratingly sluggish.
Narvik Review and Plot Summary
The story plays in Narvik, a coastal town in Norway this is a source of one of the largest iron ore deposits in the world. Of course, as his master race, Hitler wants to expand his ever-growing empire. A regiment with Corporal Gunnar Tofte (Carl Martin Eggesbo), who his wife Ingrid (Christine Hartgen) and little son Ole (Christoph Gelfert Mathiesen) for a bit of rest and relaxation. Returning late that night, the Germans landed on the beach and the Norwegian colonel surrendered his gun.
Gunnar and the remaining soldiers refuse to surrender their weapons, so they leave town, led by their commander, Major Omdal (an excellent Henrik Mestad). Ingrid can now speak German and begins working as a translator for the German officers in the best hotel in town. She even helps the English diplomats (one played by Billy Campbell) escape and hide in a mountain hut.
One of the themes of the film is survival. For one, Gunnar and his buddies have to blow up a bridge that carries the rich ore out of town. Even if he is successful, he will most likely be captured as a prisoner of war (POW) and rumor has it that the Germans kill all POWs. Meanwhile, Ingrid has to take care of Ole while keeping a fake smile on her face to stay on the good side of her new German landlords. And when it’s not her arch-enemies, Ingrid must disarm with her charm. It’s the English lawyer trying to blackmail her into sleeping with German officials to spy and gather information.
Directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg and written by Christopher Grondahl, Narvik is another European-produced WWII film that Netflix has in stock. Such as the excellent Danish film The bombardment and the Dutch film The Forgotten Battle. Erik Skjoldbjærg’s film is visually stunning, with some stunning cinematography from the cinematographer John Erling Holmenes Fredriksenincluding a well-crafted bridge battle and one where Norwegian soldiers attempt to retake Narvik.
what works for Narvik So the script can show some citizens of the city the ambiguity of the blurred lines. For one thing, Norway was neutral and had no allegiance to anyone. The script allows the viewer to question what he would do. Especially when a child is involved and everyone takes care of themselves. However, the movie is scattershot, jumping through different timelines by jumping between stories without establishing a natural flow.
Is Narvik good?
Erik Skjoldbjærg’s film is a gorgeous looking war film that is inherently gripping and above average at playing up the moral dilemmas. Along with solid turns from Eggesbø, Hartin and the magnetic Henrik Mestad, Narvik is a war movie worth streaming.
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