I was very excited when I learned they were going to view Kon-Tiki at the HIFF Spring Showcase. Not only because it was a Norwegian movie, and I rarely get to see those, but because I have always been interested in Thor Heyerdahl and his life.
Kon-Tiki came to be while Thor lived among the Kwakiutl Indians of British Colombia. He noticed that the plant life, winds, and currents suggested that Polynesia could´ve been populated from South America, not Asia as everyone former believed. The science community didn´t accept his theory and that is how the Kon-Tiki expedition came to be.
Together with five crewmembers he sailed from Calloa in Peru on a raft made of balsa-wood, built in traditional style, like they would´ve back then. After 101 days, filled with some dramatic events, they arrived their destination, the island Raroia, in the Tuamoto archipelago. The expedition proved his theory that Polynesia could´ve been populated from South America, but the science community wasn´t convinced. This resulted in several expeditions to follow.
It wasn´t before Heyerdahl found traces of ancient South American cultures in the Galapagos that the science community believed his theory. He also found traces of early settlements on Easter Island. It was later proved by DNA testing, but after Heyerdahl had passed.
But, you might want to know about the movie, not just Heyerdahl´s adventurous life…
In my opinion, the movie seemed very long (and I were even thirty minutes late).I kept catching myself in thinking: “this scene is unnecessary” and “why is this included?”
Don´t get me wrong, it is a good movie, but I found the contrasts of high and low action to go too high and too low. When that is said, it also makes sense that they chose to lay the story out in that way.
Just imagine, being on a tiny raft at sea for 101 days, all won´t be adventurous; they are mostly rather boring and feel long. It is accurate.
I was a quite disappointed when I noticed the movie was shown as the dubbed version, rather than the original. I was kind of looking forward to listen to a Norwegian movie with English subtitles, not the other way around, as it so often is.
To sum it up, it is an important movie. Thor is such an important figure in Norwegian history and it was nice to see him acted out as the stubborn man he was. Even more so, it was nice to see the movie in Hawaii.