THE WILD HUNT
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
Mark A. Krupa
and Trevor Hayes
What's it about
Man loses girl, so he follows her into odd world of medieval reenactments. Only these folks take their fantasy world very, very seriously.
Is it good movie?
The Wild Hunt is one of those movies that it took me a while to get a feel for it. For starters, Iím always down for some medieval movies. Hell, I just enjoyed the hell out of Season of the Witch mainly because of when it took place (and a wigged out Nic Cage always helps). Now The Wild Hunt technically isnít a medieval movie. But its characters sure seem to think so. This is a movie about people who love the idea of medieval movies so much that they must recreate that world in their own world. Personally, Iíve never understood the Renaissance Fair types. It seems that anyone participating while wearing tights and armor would look around and realize how damn goofy the whole thing is. But Iím not that kinda guy. Regardless, these people seem to love it. The main character in The Wild Hunt, Erik, feels a bit like me when he first arrives. He seems utterly annoyed by the whole thing and canít quite figure it out. I canít blame him. The Renaissance folks take their shit really, really seriously.
By all accounts, The Wild Hunt could have been another movie all together, going the route of either parody or by viewing the reenactment participants in a negative light. But the movie doesnít do either. Sure, there are light moments. How canít there be? Grown men wearing costumes and fighting with foam swords needs to be laughed at a little. But the overall tone is quite somber at times with Erik living at home with his dying father while still dealing with the fact his girl ditched him. Once Erik finds his way onto the battlefield (which is a real place set up for people to play their medieval games), the movie finds its legs. The characters take this world so seriously that we the viewer canít help but to as well. They live for this ideal, and they donít care who knows it. Erik isnít exactly sure what to make of this world, but heíll do what it takes to find his woman and bring her back. In fact, things spiral out of control and things end up a Shakespearean tragedy when the shit gets serious. I'd tell you more, but that'd kind of ruin everything to follow.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround.
Making ofÖ: Three different behind the scene features, each show a different part of the process and each are quite short.
Festival Events/Storyboards: The festival events show what the filmmakers did to pump up their film at three different events. Looks like damn good time. The storyboards, on the other hand, are storyboards. Go figure.
Not the usual run of the mill flick. A little unbalanced, but overall interesting and captivating. Worth watching if you ask me. Even if you didn't.