#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Series Online Free – In the year 872, many of the separate kingdoms of what is now England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred. Against this turbulent backdrop lives Uhtred. Born to a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between his birth country and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he? Saxon or Dane? On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides to play his part in the birth of a new nation and–ultimately–recapture his ancestral lands. Plot: A show of heroic deeds and epic battles with a thematic depth that embraces politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for identity. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the story of how a people combined their strength under one of the most iconic kings of history in order to reclaim their land for themselves and build a place they call home.
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Pleasantly surprised by the first episode *Spoilers*
As a fan of Cornwell’s Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories I’ve been looking forward to this series for quite some time. Mentally prepared for a major disappointment I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.
If you haven’t read the novels the story of Uhtred unfolds fast, perhaps too fast. This first episode covers more than half of the first novel. Although a lot has been omitted, many of the aspects that make the novel such a pleasure to read are there, but (very) subtle.
If you have read the novel you have to accept that many events concerning Uhtred of Bebbanburg and his character traits are only touched upon or skipped: his loathing for his father, his fascination for the religion of his forefathers, his contempt (or rather boredom) for Christianity, the stories the blacksmith tells him, Beocca’s attempts to teach him to read, his first encounter with an adulterous Alfred (the not so Great yet), his admiration for the Romans, his growing love for Ragnar and Ragnar’s family, his arrogance and big mouth, his humor and much more. I would have loved to have been able to watch at least four episodes in which of all of the above is featured but that is not going to happen.
Then why did I like it so much?
I have to admit I’m a sucker for guys with long hair and pretty faces, but besides that, the episode had enough to offer: Uhtred’s Christian/Saxon upbringing and his pagan beliefs are represented by his two necklaces: the amber stone and Thor’s hammer. I hope Uhtred’s internal struggle will be featured more prominently in the episodes to come. A baptism scene in which Beocca could easily have drowned Uhtred making an end to the series after only half an episode. Young Uhtred is a smart-mouthed little brat (like when he is trying to get his way with Beocca). Young as he is, he is the ealdorman of Bebbanburg and is willing to die for it. He is doesn’t think first but acts, and so we see a child going to war and attacking a Danish warlord. We are treated to the sight of a massive shield-wall in which it becomes clear that there is almost no space to move and that movement is slow. If you die, you become an obstacle that your fellow comrade-in-arms have to be beware of or else they will fall too. (Even after two viewings still a bit surprised that Lord Uhtred (Matthew MacFadyen) stepped through the shield-wall so easily. I must have missed the Danes letting him through.) Thyra is mentally broken after the awful hall-burning, and not just by Sven. Could Uhtred have saved her? It seems Thyra expected him to. Ubba, though a great Danish leader, and despite having humor, is very cautious and heavily depends on the signs the gods send him, making him very unpredictable, according to Ravn, earl Raganar’s father. Brida is portrayed as a strong young woman, more Dane than Saxon. But above all, I liked Uhtred. I liked the way he looks and moves. I did miss his humor but I have hopes that we will be treated to that in the next episodes. He was powerless during the hall-burning, and devastated by the deaths of Ragnar and his family. For now, he is still a boy. Can’t wait for him to become a man.
“Wyrd bið ful ãræd”
If you’re wondering if this is like Vikings… It is, but it’s better! I’d say there are two minor points against The Last Kingdom: in the 1st season, the camerawork and lighting are at times somewhat amateurish and, from what I recall, compared to Vikings, the fight/battle scenes aren’t as well choreographed/edited/filmed.
Apart from those points I’d rate The Last Kingdom over Vikings in every way. Even the guest star at the start of season 1 of The Last Kingdom is better than the one at the beginning of Vikings. I mean… Rutger Hauer’s just perfect! Gabriel Byrne on the otherhand… why? Just why?
After four seasons. Best show currently running.
I reviewed this after the first season in 2015. I’m doing it again after season 4 in 2020. I said this show had the potential to be better than GoT and Vikings. In my opinion it has done that. You think GoT had unpredictable deaths? Well buckle up for this show. It happens a lot and at times it’s completely out of nowhere and not a spectacle at all. You’re like you know I like that character. Boom. Well sh&t they’re dead! The story is absolutely fantastic. The characters are likeable and some are downright unforgettable. How this show doesn’t even get any buzz around award time boggles my mind. The performance of Alfred in season 3 should have been Emmy and Golden Globe nominated. The show in general should be. This show has turned me into a fanboy and not many shows or movies have ever done that to me. Breaking Bad, The Witcher books and now this. So take this review as the words of someone who loves this show. If you watch all four seasons I think you will feel that this is one of the best shows currently running. I’ve been wrong before, but if you like swords, shields, battles, violence, betrayal, revenge, moments that make you want to jump off your couch run through a wall and high five the first person you see then WATCH THIS SHOW!
Compelling but somewhat confusing historical drama
The Last Kingdom is a compelling, if somewhat confusing, historical drama.
The key character Uhtred is a man caught between worlds. A Saxon raised as a Viking, who then returns to his Saxon roots. What I find confusing is why does he stay? The Saxons treat him like dirt, whilst he has an open offer to join the loyal son of his dead Viking father. I can see why the dynamic has been set up this way but perhaps, like others, I’m wondering when Uhtred will see the light and change sides.
The acting in this series is excellent. Indeed, aside from a few inconsistencies in the plot, this series is a polished affair in all respects.
Eight out of ten from me.
Original Language en
Original Title The Last Kingdom
Total Seasons 5
Released 10 Oct 2015
Release Year 2015–2022
Genre Action, Drama, History
Actors Alexander Dreymon, Eliza Butterworth, Arnas Fedaravicius
Country United Kingdom
Awards 4 nominations
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