“King Curling” (2011 Norwegian movie) review

 

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Intro

In the Cinequest season of 2012, I opted to watch this movie not because it looked funny nor did I know it would be funny. I watched it because I like sports movies and never saw one based around the winter sport of curling.

Plot

Truls Paulsen was once one of the greatest skippers in the sport of curling until his OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) caught up to him leading up to him being banned by his own federation. Subsequently, he has to take medication which subdues is disorder but leaves him in a state of being over obedient to his controlling wife.

One day, his former coach falls ill and is about to die. Wanting to save him, Truls comes out of retirement to try to win a tournament to get enough money for the operation for his coach. He must round together the old team and convince him that he’s off the medication.

Good

This movie was full of laughs. I was completely unaware that non domestic movies could be this funny. There were plenty of “WTF” moments and ones where it leaves you in a state of shock.

Bad

The lead actor who portrayed Truls Paulsen, really did have an extreme resemblance to that of actor, Jack Black. I had to remind myself that it wasn’t him even though I wouldn’t be surprised if he were in a comedic movie outside North America.

Overview

I appreciated that there was a spotlight on the sport of curling which only gets love and respect every four years in the Winter Olympics. Curling is a very fascinating sport with tons of strategy involved. I am glad to have seen this movie.

Overall rating: 3.5/5

Reviewed by: Mr. Timtastic

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