As Good As It Gets
By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
The movie turns out to be a little better than the average. Starting from a romantic formula often seen in the cinema, it ends in the most predictable (and somewhat bland) way.
(r#68)There are movies that break new ground. Then there are movies that push the envelope. Then there are movies that not only push the envelope, they tear it to pieces. Movies like Terkel i knibe. Pure brilliance.Terkel/Torkel is your typical insecure preteen. He's a bit of a dork and his only friend is Jason, a wannabe gangsta who always carries a pipe in his back pocket. Torkel is plagued by the class bullies Sten and Saki who have a vendetta against him ever since being beaten half to death by Torkel's alcoholic uncle Stewart. Torkel's parents can't offer him any help either; his mother is a chain-smoking woman way past her expiration date, and his dad's whole vocabulary consists of the word "no". So poor Torkel is lonely in his struggle to fit in amidst insane teachers, a very unfortunate little sister, and off-the-wall musical numbers.The musical numbers... just pure awesomeness from start to finish. The most memorable song, bar none, is Jason's absolutely brilliant "F/(k off and die". Who the hell thought that one up? The characters are spot on. Several of them reminded me of people I know in real life - if that is a good thing or not, I have no idea. Anders Matthesen has done a great writing job and completely captures the atmosphere of a dysfunctional school.Every positive review so far has commented on how funny the movie is, and I agree completely. This is by far the funniest movie I've seen all year, even funnier than the remake of The Omen, believe it or not. But I'm surprised no one has commented on how completely sick this movie is! There's gore, violence towards kids, suicides, the aforementioned little sister and her utensil troubles, you name it. This movie was way more disturbing than I expected, but that's a good thing. The makers are taking the medium of CGI animation into new and previously unvisited areas, and I applaud them for trying something new. The design of the characters is crude, but utterly hilarious. This is a movie you should see as soon as possible - there's really nothing like it.Watch "Torkel" right now!
Terkel i Knibe is a great movie. I saw the movie with Norwegian dubbing. I'm generally against dubbing, but this movie is an exception. Aksel Hennie does a great voice-job. The setting and theme of this movie is pretty universal. All you need to do is to change the language and the story, setting and lines will work in any western country.The film is about Terkel and his complicated life. It shows some of the things a 6th grader today will have to cope with. It's a great script. It brings up the subject of harassment, witch in Norway and possibly also Danmark is a very hot subject. It shows an exaggerated picture of todays kids, but if you think about it it's not really that far from the truth. The way the kids act and speak could actually be the case. This movie contains elements that goes deeper than the superficial comedy. Never the less it's a crazy movie and should be enjoyed as one. It's an animation about kids, however I would look upon this as more of an adult movie. Yes, it was rated low, but it contains violence and jokes I doubt an eight year-old would get. I think it would be funnier for teenagers and enlightening for adults.The animations are great. It's thought through and cool. The characters are easy to recognize and it's just detailed enough. The voice-job was great on the Norwegian version and I expect nothing less of the Danish one.The score is good. Bo Rasmussen has made a nice cartoonish, yet serious score. It's funny and dramatic and builds up the mood. The songs in the movie are also good and funny.Terkel i knibe is a good movie about that's funny, yet serious if you look deeper. It got drive and there is something happening from the very beginning all till the end. Have no fear... You're in for a good time!
What got me watching this movie was the advertisement that this movie is like South Park directed by Tim Burton. I agree with the South Park part. The movie deals with elementary school kids with anarchistic humour involving lots of comical violence, cursing, bodily functions and bizarre incidents that make so many, including me, loving that show. Also this movie.As for Tim Burton, he directs visually impressive and original movies, that deal with a character, that doesn't quite fit the surrounding world. None of the descriptions above quite fit Terkel in Trouble. The characters are quite normal types. Anyone knows the types, bullies, wiggers, vain girls, teased fat ones and crazy substitutes from their own days at elementary school. I think a proper tag line would be "South Park directed by Sam Raimi". At least in the Evil Dead days Raimi was famous for enjoying both torturing his actors while shooting and enjoying a lot of violent humour inspired by the Three Stooges.So it was a very funny movie. It wasn't actually a very original one, the key mystery is way too easy to figure out, but I was laughing too hard at things like a fork in the eye, a sledgehammer to the crotch and biting a kid's ear off in a battle, to really be bothered by it. Even the South Park boys would be jealous.**** The best part: Instead of the best scene, I'd like to describe my favorite character. That is Terkels alcoholic sailor-uncle. A very violent, ignorant and nonchalant he may be, but loving Fernet Branca so much makes him a really twisted character. And also an enjoyable one.
As i was coming to this movie i expected a hilarious movie, the movie has gotten many positive reviews and generally just a lot of positive media coverage as well, also it has grossed very high for a danish movie, but i have to say i was dissapointed at how much lack the movie has of a real meaning, it feels sometime empty and build only on the brilliant usage of the danish language, which was good, but not funny in the way i had expected.Anders Matthesen is one of the highest rated standup comedians in Denmark, and naturally he was bound to make a real movie at some point, well here it is, and it even takes full use of one of "Anden's" famous characters, Uncle Stewart, however, despite a good background for the movie, i was somehow dissapointed, the humour, as i had expected to be laughing to dead over this, i wasn't, instead i only found myself laughing once. Which i must admit, is too little for me when the movie is supposed have its strength of the humour. So basically i found the movie dissapointing becauase it was based on how you liked the humour, and as i didn't laugh much the story seemed rather empty, i did however enjoy the fantastic use of the danish language, that was perfect, all kind of slang, every little phrase of the danish language, natural as alternative, was used, it was great, and i'm every dane will think that watching this, while foreigners might have a problem.The directing itself is fine i guess, it's an animated movie so it doesn't really exist i feel, but there are some scenes where the "camera" is used in a nice alternative way.For the acting it's all Anders Matthesen, and yeah that is brilliant, he does voice for all the characters in the movie, which is a lot, and nowhere can you hear it's the same person doing it, just simply amazingly done.I base my vote on what i thought of the movie really, besides "Anden's" genius use of the danish language and the great way of using his voice differently from all characters was fantastic, but besides this the movie didn't get really get to me, when you base a movie so much on the humour you better make sure it works, and it probably does work a lot for many, but i just didn't find it funny, and that makes the story seem kinda empty, even though there was a lot of morale in it, it just didn't cut through becuase it was far from what the movie intended to do.4/10