Some movies give you a lot of things such as big action sequences, great visual effects, epic soundtrack, etc., but fail to last more than a day in your mind. On the other hand, some movies give you only a remarkable screenplay and a deep character and become unforgettable experiences. Today’s movie is a member of the latter.
The Hunt is a drama movie directed by Thomas Vinterberg, starring Mads Mikkelsen. It tells the story of a kindergarten teacher struggling to exist peacefully after a seemingly innocent little lie shatters his life.
Firstly, I think that storytelling is minimalist, yet amazing. It doesn’t have complex timelines or various points of view. Instead, it just shows the main plot through its protagonist, Lucas, played by Mads Mikkelsen. The movie shows his different emotional sides such as his love for the people around him, his disappointment towards their merciless prejudice, and his concern for the future after what happens to him. As a result of this character development, he becomes a very relatable character, whom we can all care about and feel sorry about. Moreover, Mads Mikkelsen’s terrific performance as Lucas elevates the character growth even further. He is so convincing in every scene that you cannot help but feel deeply upset and disturbed by what he experiences throughout the movie.
Secondly, the movie sets up a highly realistic environment with ordinary characters and settings. As a result, the plot doesn’t feel like something extraordinary, but it actually feels like anyone can experience such a tragic scenario. With this setting at its center, the movie manages to show a cruel part of human nature, which is treating someone harshly with preconceived ideas and judging a person without any second thought. Additionally, the movie also shows no matter how much effort is put into revealing the truth, the impact of big lies don’t fade easily.
Thirdly, the cinematography is also beautiful with gorgeous shots of nature and countryside. The visuals are definitely great contributors to the storytelling as well as the soundtrack. The pieces fit the movie’s overall tone and the atmosphere perfectly and sometimes compensate for the slow-paced progression of it.
To sum up, I think that The Hunt is an excellent movie with a fantastic story, powerful storytelling, intriguing characters, stunning visuals, and a tranquil soundtrack. Even though it is slow at times, the movie is still a fantastic piece of art that I can certainly recommend.