The Middle Ages in Europe lasted about ten centuries, between darker and more prosperous phases. It is true that we here in Brazil are more familiar with the medieval stories of Portugal and Spaingiven our historical link with these countries, and with those coming from France🇧🇷 Italy and England, given the large volume of film production from these countries telling their own legends and stories. Offering an alternative in this common axis, it recently premiered on Netflix the long ‘Medieval‘, whose focus is to tell a little about how this period was for the citizens of Hungarythen region of Bohemiatoday Czech republic🇧🇷
After the death of the king of Bohemia and the Roman emperor, Charles IVpart of Europe sank into chaos, shrouded in war, plague and famine. The Catholic Church also plunged into chaos, electing two popes at the same time: one in Rome and the other under the protection of the king of France, in Avignon. It was believed that only the coronation of a new emperor could restore the rule of law, however Wenceslas IV 🇧🇷Karel Roden), son of Charles IV, chosen for the office, was drowning in debt. He can only be crowned if he goes to Rome to receive the crown from the Pope. Those who support the second pope in France try to prevent his coronation, so Lord Boresh 🇧🇷Michael Caine) it’s the king sigismund 🇧🇷Matthew Goode) plot to kidnap the young woman Katherine 🇧🇷Sophie Lowe), niece of the king of France and bride of the cruel rosenberg 🇧🇷Til Schweiger), who is torturing and killing citizens contrary to his orders. For the mission, Lord Boresh it’s the king sigismund hire mercenary group Jan Zizka 🇧🇷Ben Foster), not knowing that this would end up changing the course of the history of Bohemiaraising a true revolution among the local citizens and making Zizka the greatest military leader in the history of that country.
If the unsuspecting spectator picks up to watch ‘Medieval‘ without knowing the history of Hungary, he or she will probably be confused by the plot, because, although well produced, the screenplay of petr bok🇧🇷 Petr Jakl Mr. and petr jakl makes an introduction (the whole thing about the two popes and Charles IV) who does not appear in the film, not even indirectly. It takes a while for the viewer to more or less understand what is going on (there are people plotting a kidnapping, the king’s brother is against the king, there is a bad guy killing generals and a good warrior who kills for money, all of this centered on a woman who is treated as “the chosen one”), so that the historical details are lost, transforming the experience of the film for the common viewer into just period entertainment, only with a lot of violence and good battle scenes.
petr jakl performs a good production with his film, with beautiful aerial shots, matching costumes and concentrated supporting actors. However, in addition to the confusing story that lasts for more than two hours, it brings a Michael Caine kinda lost and Ben Foster as an impassive protagonist, without expressing any emotion. Not to mention the choice of translation of the Netflixwhich put subtitles in Portuguese conjugating in the 2The plural person (you come, you will go, etc), and in the original the English used is contemporary. That is, it is better dubbed.
For fans of series like ‘Vikings🇧🇷game of Thrones🇧🇷House of the Dragon‘ and ‘The Last Kingdom🇧🇷Medieval‘ is the right movie to pass the time. In fact, with so much history it has, it should have been a series. Perhaps it will become one in the future, given the success it has had in Netflix🇧🇷