A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Science and nature can spark lifelong curiosity and love of learning. Courage, perseverance, teamwork are needed to complete seemingly insurmountable goals, such as trekking to South Pole.
Positive Role Models
Amundsen exhibits a huge amount of courage to explore terrain of South Pole. His courage continues as he takes several exhibitions to both poles. Curiosity drives him to explore, and perseverance helps him survive harsh climate, long journeys. Amundsen and team exhibit strong teamwork to survive and document life in South Pole.
Violence & Scariness
A plane crash and subsequent bloody injuries are shown. Other injuries from the harsh temperatures include frostbite. Violence connected to Amundsen's expeditions and others' include charred human remains and dead animals (polar bear, sled dog). Death by suicide (via gunshot) is shown. In a fit of anger, Amundsen's globe is smashed to the floor.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. Mild sexual humor and sexual situations, including a talking scene in bed.
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"Damn" is used. Slang that could be considered ableist, like "crazy" and "stupid," is used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes with drinking and smoking. A powder of some type is put into a wine glass.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Amundsen: The Greatest Expedition is the story of Roald Amundsen (Pål Sverre Hagen), the first known explorer to trek to the South Pole. Some scenes show violence connected to Amundsen's expeditions and those of other teams, including a plane crash, bloody injuries, frostbite, dead animals, and charred human remains. Death by suicide (via gunshot) is also shown. There's a bit of kissing and some mild sexual humor/situations, as well as scenes with drinking, smoking, and minor swearing ("damn"). Amundsen's story has clear messages of courage, curiosity, perseverance, and teamwork. Katherine Waterston co-stars. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This historical biopic offers a fascinating look at the life of one of the world's greatest explorers. As the first known person to reach the South Pole, Amundsen's fame is well-earned, but his private life turned out to be an expedition that Amundsen was less than equipped for. As the title character, Hagen does a tremendous job of portraying a person who quietly yet sternly lived life by his own rules, to the point of driving a wedge between himself and his brother. Rubeck does a similarly impressive job of portraying an older brother who simply wants to have the close relationship he once had with his younger sibling.
Director Espen Sandberg and cinematographer Pål Ulvik Rokseth showcase the expansive beauty and haunting quality of the Arctic and Antarctic through methodical pacing and panoramic shots, giving viewers an up-close look at the South Pole. Its harshness isn't glossed over; several scenes show how unforgiving the terrain can be. These scenes impress upon viewers how dangerous -- and how miraculous -- Amundsen's expeditions actually were. As a man who seemingly cheated death many times over, it makes sense that the film's final scenes show him looking death in the eye in the place closest to his heart: the Arctic wilderness.
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