YMMV / The 13th Warrior

  • Awesome Music: Even if you didn't care for the movie, you have to admit that Jerry Goldsmith's score is pretty awesome. So much so that Ridley Scott used the cue "Valhalla/Viking Victory" for his film Kingdom of Heaven. Slightly controversial, given the director and the composer's turbulent relationship when they worked together on Alien & Legend (1985) that saw Scott cutting off a large part of Goldsmith's music on the former and re-using parts of Goldsmith's earlier score from Freud; while simultaneously throwing out Goldsmith's entire score in favor of Tangerine Dream's music for the latter. Bitter and upset by the rejection, Goldsmith never spoke to Scott again as a a result even unto his passing.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Well, not quite "versus" (although the Troubled Production might hint at that...), but Michael Crichton (i.e. Jurassic Park) and John McTiernan (of Die Hard fame) working together on a project has to qualify.
    • Given they've spend three years on constant fights over the production of the movie and Crichton eventually enforced a massive recut of the third act, it's very much "versus".
  • Critical Dissonance: On Rotten Tomatoes the film only holds a 33% "fresh" rating with critics. But with audiences it holds a respectable 66% fresh rating.
  • Cult Classic: Although the film was panned by critics and was one of the biggest box office flops of all time, it does have a fair amount of fans who consider it to be a very good action/adventure film. Numerous critics also re-evaluated the movie years later, pointing out that while it suffers from choppy editing caused by panic after trial screening (leading to flat characters and numerous plot holes), it's still one of the last big budget movies made solely with practical effects, giving it an unique feel of authenticity and without any of the effects visibly aging.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Among fans of the film, Herger the Joyful is undoubtably the most popular character.
    • Buliwyf as well, the role that launched Vladimir Kulich into great acclaim and recognition.
  • He Also Did: This is the second film John McTiernan's made based on Beowulf. His earlier movie Predator was also influenced by the Norse epic.
  • Periphery Demographic: Aside the status as a cult classic, the movie is also highly popular among Tabletop RPG players due to combination of all the story and setting elements. It's often advised to novice Game Masters as a way of explaining how to handle mid-power campaign and weird quirks of the Player Characters.
  • Values Dissonance: Old Norse culture sees the number 13 as a good thing.

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