Becoming Astrid

2018

Action / Biography / Drama

8
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 2523

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by FrenchEddieFelson 7 / 10

A moving biopic

Although I do not really know neither Astrid Lindgren nor her characters Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, ... I loved the film which is based on the exceptional performance of the lead actress Alba August as well as an extremely neat photography. We might think that this film is jointly sponsored by the tourist offices and the ministries of culture of both Sweden and Denmark.

This biopic traces the life of Astrid during a small decade, in the 20s. We discover first of all a talented, mischievous and dreamy teen, then a young, fighting and resilient woman. Although the intended public of the books is very young, that of the film excludes, in my humble opinion, the children. Instructive and moving!

Reviewed by FrenchEddieFelson 7 / 10

Instructive and moving

Although I do not really know neither Astrid Lindgren nor her characters Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, ... I loved the film which is based on the exceptional performance of the lead actress Alba August as well as an extremely neat photography. We might think that this film is jointly sponsored by the tourist offices and the ministries of culture of both Sweden and Denmark.

This biopic traces the life of Astrid during a small decade, in the 20s. We discover first of all a talented, mischievous and dreamy teen, then a young, fighting and resilient woman. Although the intended public of the books is very young, that of the film excludes, in my humble opinion, the children. Instructive and moving!

Reviewed by soundstormmusic 7 / 10

Pacing issues and poor script makes an excellent movie into an okay flick.

Disclaimer: I'm not the first person who would watch this movie. I got dragged along with my friend to see it but I do know Lingren and know Pippi Longstocking.

The movie starts out at a wonderful pace. We are introduced to a ton of interesting characters. The pace is high and the music fits perfectly. We get to know Astrid, her family, where she lives and the jobs she does. This all changes as she takes on a job as an intern.

Some drastic things happen (I won't spoil what) and the focus shifts. This results in us seeing more of Astrid and less of the rest of the cast. The people she talks to don't get enough screen time to grow attached to. And the movie starts dragging. And dragging. It got so bad I literally had trouble keeping my eyes open.

And here's where to me the major flaw in this movies lies. The script. It's as if the writers focused so much on one aspect they forget that a movie should always be entertaining. With the pace being so low this very uneventful part of the story feels even worse. They got all these characters but you rarely get to see them. You don't know what how their relationship develops over the years. No one is singled out except for Astrid. But to make a movie work you have to have interaction.

There are however, still a couple of highlights. The ending is nice, the pace picks up again and we are finally reunited with characters we met at the beginning.

So all in all it's definitely worth watching for Lindgren fans, but I can't really recommend it for other moviegoers.

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