Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writer/s: Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm, and more.
Requested Review from Jessica Seng!
I love my request system, and I also love when my friends unload tons of movies for me to review! My friend Jess is a Mads fanatic, and she dropped a good bit of Mads Mikkelsen projects on my site. Here we have our first one. With “The Hunt” (not to be confused with the 2020 “The Hunt”) we have a Danish film that is pretty revered by critics. With ZERO knowledge on the film besides some high scores, I was quite excited for this view.
“A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.”
Guys…. Holy shit. What an incredible and horrific movie. This is categorized as a drama but it could well be tagged as a thriller in the ways of what happens to this poor man, Lucas. A terrible, terrible lie is told about Lucas, and it just absolutely ruins his life. Where we as a viewer know the truth but have to sit through this man being vilified for almost two hours. This theme and vibe just sits and haunts the viewer throughout the duration and just…wow.
Performance: Mads, my man, good lord this guy is good and has always been good. In conversation with my friend Jess, we talked about the vast difference in an international Mads performance vs. an American film Mads performance. When he does Danish work, his characters are so much more fleshed out, and he owns these roles. Whereas when he is casted for American movies, he is always that brooding, mean-mugging European. I will take Mads in any way, but his international films rival almost any top American performance, any…day.
Shifting the focus to young Annika Wedderkopp who plays Klara. Can I say the villain? I am going to say the villain. This young, little lady may take the cake as creating a child character that I despised. Regardless of her making a “little white lie,” it is purely despicable, and throughout the film, she is accidentally diabolical, if that can make any sense!
I am still aching in pain for the character of Lucas as I am typing this. To make me feel so desperate to wish wellness for a movie character is incredible and simply makes me praise this film so much. I do not have many negative things to say besides it being a bit long at times, but it does not distract me all that much. If you have the opportunity and do not mind watching an international film, I cannot recommend “The Hunt” enough. As this review is released, it is currently available on Tubi for free (with some ads here and there).
- Klara….Fuck you.
- I can not explain enough how stressful it was to understand why the town responds the way they do yet know that Lucas is innocent.
- If you watch this, take the movie in and then analyze the title. It is a fun time.
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