Filmed amid Iceland’s distinctive, stunning but eerie panorama and impressed by that nation’s folklore, The Rock of Ages creates a vivid fantasy world in simply over quarter-hour—full with a hapless protagonist you quickly notice you’re rooting towards, and a pipe-smoking rock who not solely talks, however swears like a sailor.
Shared by In need of the Week, this story from writer-director Eron Sheean makes nice use of its pure setting blended with intelligent puppetry and a pair of wonderful performances: Tómas Lemarquis because the wild-eyed, fur-clad warrior, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (who’s quickly to look on season two of Severance) because the gruff voice of the rock.
Right here’s Sheean’s directorial assertion, together with a wild mish-mash of inspirations: “The Rock of Ages is a surreal black comedy, a thought-provoking mutant love little one of Jim Henson, Terry Gilliam, and Ingmar Bergman (if he had been excessive on painkillers). It tells the story of a misplaced Soldier (Tómas Lemarquis) and his encounter with a crafty speaking rock (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) who guarantees him immortality. However as at all times with these bargains, there’s a catch. I used to be impressed to create a surreal fable that explores the hubris of humankind—each our fleeting existence within the face of nature, and our unwillingness to abide by its historic guidelines.”
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