Movie Review: See You In Valhalla


Title: See You in Valhalla
Released date: 24th April 2015
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Casts: Sarah Hyland, Bret Harrison, Michael Weston, Conor O’Farrell, Jake McDorman, Steve Howey, Alex Frost…

After the bizarre death of her brother, Johana Burwood must return home after four years to face her quirky family, including her estranged dad, her two competitive brothers and various significant others. The family is uncomfortable with each other at first, and their inner turmoil manifests itself in quarrels and outright fights. Johana is forced to face some secrets from her past when she runs into an old boyfriend who just can’t seem to let go. It’s only when tensions are at a breaking point that someone comes up with a brilliant idea that will send their departed brother off with incredible style.

My thought:

The genre for this movie is comedy, but that was not why I decided to watch it. Although, after I watched it, there wasn’t that much comedy in it anyways. Sure you’ll get your laugh here and there, but that’s it. Anyways, the reason I watched this is because it’s a family drama, where the members are estranged with one another. And when I saw the trailer, it brought tears to my eyes. Being a sucker for hurt/comfort type of movie, I wanted to watch it.

At the beginning of the movie, I was really frustrated. Johana and her family kept on arguing with one another. They kept being defensive, and acts aggressive towards each other. Although, there are times when they weren’t arguing, and that was sweet to watch. When Johana went to Magnus’s room that night and cried, it made me cry to.

I was also curious about the secret that Johana was keeping. When she decided to tell Peter, I thought, ‘Yes! Finally I could put my mind at ease.’ I didn’t expect that that was the secret that Johana kept though, and it kind of broke my heart a bit. Peter was such a sweetheart about it.

Honestly, Don and his daughter, Ashley, were the two characters that I was most annoyed with. But I guess that too was a defense mechanism. He was still annoying after he lets the things he kept on his chest out, but his character feels kind of lighter after. It was after their father’s stroke that they started to act like a family again.

Makewi is one of the source of comic relief in the movie. He said that it came to him, that something told him to build an ark. I just thought he was just high at that time. But later, when he suggested giving Magnus a Viking’s funeral, it all clicked together. He also gave wise advice sometimes, which helped the siblings to mend their relationship.

In conclusion, this is a beautiful story about a broken family that gathers after a tragedy strikes, and managed to get the family back together after each one of them pushed away from one another. There are parts that were funny it made me laugh, there are parts that were so annoying and frustrating I had to mute the movie, and there are parts that were heartbreaking it made me cry. Sure, I am unsatisfied about Johana’s secret, that it didn’t get the proper closure it needed, but I guess sometimes that’s life. This is not my favourite movie, but I WILL watch it again one day. If a movie managed to make me cry, then I know it’s good. I will definitely recommend this movie to anyone who is looking to watch a family drama.

I rate this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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