Heavy Metal

July 27, 2011

I was in my local Sainsbury’s the other day and was intrigued to see that no less than 5 of the top 40 DVDs feature serious quantities of plate armour – five films set in the medieval or early modern periods or based on historical events in those periods.

  • Ironclad
  • Season of the Witch
  • Army of Valhalla
  • 1612
  • Henry of Navarre

I usually enjoy this sort of thing. A couple of them look a bit silly but couldn’t be any worse than King Arthur. I had not been aware that there had been a recent movie about Henry of Navarre, the great Huguenot leader. From reviews on Amazon it seems that there is more action in the bedroom than the battlefield (shades of The Tudors) but they are generally positive about the film overall. I’ll try to watch it at some point this summer.