1 July 2008 | vidurr666
OK for fans, watchable for others
I saw this movie at the theater when it was released. I liked it all the way, but I can imagine some might not have liked it at all.
First of all, if you've never read a S&W-comic you may have a hard time getting into the characters. They all have their own little singularities which have grown during the years (remeber this is a comic that has been published for over 60 years now) and may seem a bit awkward to some.
Secondly, the dialogues and especially the humor is typically Flemish, which might be even harder to get into by foreigners.
Thirdly, the costumes are exact copies of the costumes used in the comic. Even though most of the story is set in the middle-ages, a lot of costumes may seem outdated because of the fact that this movie is based on an episode that was released in 1958.
And lastly, this is a kids-movie. If you rent/buy and expect a cool transformation of the story into an epic movie... too bad. This was meant for kids, so you should watch it as a kids-movie.
So, as a fan of the S&W comics I am very pleased with this movie (which is why I gave it a 9). This is exactly how a fan wants the story to be retold as a movie. If you're not a fan, try it. Maybe you'll be bitten by the virus too.