This movie is one of the best there is. The directing is one of the best there is, and even after its release in 1957 the movie is still an example of cinematography for current directors to strive for. And its story matches. It asks some of the greatest questions in life and shows how a knight, his squire, and some actors deal with it. As for the acting, it was good, but because they were Swedish it was hard for me to compare it to anything that I'm familiar with.
Throughout the movie I was very entertained, it wasn't full of action, but it has subtle human drama to it that keeps the audience compelled to watch. You feel for the characters, and that only further draws you in.
As for the hype, I wasn't sure there was much, compared to the upcoming Predators movie, there really was none. But I'm not sure if a movie of this caliber needs that. It has already established itself as a classic film and it's reputation pre-cedes it.
This is definitely an obscure movie, a classic, but obscure in the fact that if you're an average movie-goer you probably will not have heard of it and most definitely will not have watched it.
Overall I give this a ten out of ten (10/10). The cinematography is breathtaking, the story very compelling, and this is a must watch for anybody who has an avid interest in movies.
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