A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Heroism, courage, and resiliency.
Positive Role Models
Gunnar and his friends, serving in the Norwegian Army, display courage, heroism, and valor when the Nazis invade their village. The movie also explores how the community treats one of the characters when she is forced to make a difficult decision that helps the enemy.
Norwegian movie with a Norwegian cast.
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Violence & Scariness
War violence throughout. Civilians are injured and die from bombings. A young boy has a piece of shrapnel removed from his chest; bloody. Fighting with bombs, machine guns. Dead bodies in water after a ship is sunk. Character found dead from burning to death -- scars and wounds on face and hands.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief sexual innuendo. Passionate kissing, implied sex.
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Language throughout. "F--k" used several times. Also: "goddamn," "damn," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Narvik is a 2023 war movie that depicts how the Norwegian army and the Allies fought and won the first battle against the Nazis in World War II. Expect war violence throughout. Civilians are shown getting bombed, injured, and killed. Dead bodies are shown floating in the water. A character burns to death, with his face and skin burned and scarred. A young boy gets a piece of shrapnel removed from his chest; some blood. Fighting with bombs, machine guns, grenades, and explosives. Some language throughout, including "f--k." Cigarette smoking. 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 is an excellent World War II historical action drama that effectively balances the courage and bravery of war with the far-reaching consequences of its ravages. Narvik tells the story of what's considered to be the first victory over the Nazis in World War II. It depicts the heroism of the proverbial "ragtag" soldiers fighting back against seemingly impossible odds, but it's more than firefights and bombings. It also depicts the difficult, if not impossible, decisions some were forced to make during Nazi occupation in order for themselves and their families to survive.
There's a sense when the movie is over that the story is completely and fully told, from all angles. It manages to be as thoughtful as it is exciting. There are all the expected war movie verities like heroism and valor, but the fact that Narvik digs deeper than that is what separates it from so many other movies centered on the battles against the Nazis from 1939-1945.
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