Erik the Viking (1989) Review:

Who knew Vikings could be so dull?

The screenshots are better than the film.
The screenshots are better than the film.

Cast: Tim Robbins, John Cleese, Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt, Terry Jones, Imogen Stubbs, Tim McInnerny, et al…

Director: Terry Jones

Runtime: 107 minutes

Plot (taken from IMDb): Erik the Viking and his men travel across the sea to find Valhalla to ask the Gods to end the Age of Ragnarok.

Erik the Viking comes from Terry Jones of Monty Python fame, and it turns out 6 heads are better than one when it comes to the comedy. If you are thinking you will enjoy this film because it is from a Python alumni, then think again, it’s not good.

Right, Erik the Viking is a comedy film, or so it is meant to be, except, it isn’t funny. Well, that’s a bit of lie, a couple of lines surrounding John Cleese’s Halfdan the Black (the antagonist) are alright, slightly humorous. However, without the few okay(ish) lines what we would have is a dull, oh so dull film about Vikings going to Valhalla to end the harsh times of Ragnarok.

The film is lightly funny throughout to be honest, but it is not funny enough, nowhere near funny enough. The comedy largely comes when John Cleese is on screen but otherwise there are some slight laughs to be had.

Throughout the film we are treated to some backstabbing, some love interest stuff and blah, blah blah.

I don't get it, the film never looked this detailed.
I don’t get it, the film never looked this detailed.

Look, I’ll level with you here; I was bored with Erik the Viking almost the instant it started, the only reason I finished it was of my own choice, I had to finish it in the vain hope that something funny would happen, something outside of the grey, greyness that envelopes all it touches. Seriously, I know Erik the Viking was a cheap film, but it looks awfully cheap, colour is sucked out of the film by the camera and what is going on happens to add nothing to excite or laugh at.

Even the performances are nothing great, Tim Robbins was great in The Shawshank Redemption but he just is kinda in Erik the Viking. John Cleese, Terry Jones and Tim McInnerny are as good as they are in anything and the rest of the cast don’t add anything memorable.

I dunno, I feel like I’m being slightly harsh on Erik the Viking, because its quirky Englishness is out for all to see despite the lacklustre writing, direction, camerawork and acting. It’s not The Holy Grail or Time Bandits; that’s for sure.

Summary:

Erik the Viking is one of the dullest comedies I have ever seen. It is nowhere near funny enough and life looks as though it was sucked out of the film by something. I feel bad that people involved in Monty Python could make something so uninteresting and unfunny.

Don’t bother unless you are an extreme Terry Jones fan.

40/100

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