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Kratt

2020

Comedy / Fantasy

6.8

Synopsis

Children are left at grandma's house without their smartphones. Real life seems boring until they find instructions for kratt - a magical creature who will do whatever its master says. All they need now is to buy a soul from the devil.

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies 6 /10

Lots of fun

Mia (Nora Merivoo) and Kevin (Harri Merivoo) - yes, the children of the director Rasmus Merivoo, but they do quite well - are staying with Grandma (Mari Lili) at her home in the country as their parents attend a retreat. Stuck without access to the web, the kids are entertained by their grandmother's story of the kratt, a demonic creature that will do anything asked. And hey, if they find the instructions and decide to make their own, nothing will go wrong, right?

Rasmus Merivoo, the director and writer, said that "Kratt is a bloody story with no bad characters. A comedy that encourages you to worry less. A lesson on fear and what happens if you listen to it. A film for grownups and kids. A film not for the faint-hearted, but part of a full-fledged life for the brave."

Yep, pretty much.

I haven't seen many - if any - films from Estonia, but hey this is pretty wild.

So what is a kratt? A part of Estonian folklore, the kratt is a creature made from hay or old household implements and then given life by giving three drops of blood to the devil. The flying demon must constantly be kept working, stealing and doing or it will turn on its master. The only way to stop a kratt is to give it an impossible task which will frustrate it to the point that it will burn itself up.

There are moments of sheer whimsy and fun here, as well as some moments that may not translate to American audiences all that well, but who cares? Don't we watch foreign films to delight in the alien, the different and the strange?

Reviewed by kannibalcorpsegrinder 9 /10

An enjoyable enough genre effort

Wanting to go on an adults-only trip, a father takes his children to his grandmother's house for a technology-free weekend, and after learning of the legend of a Kratt decide to use it to help their chores only for the released creature to run wild through the village forcing them to stop it.

This was an enjoyable if somewhat problematic effort. One of the best features here comes from the films' more endearing and child-friendly aspects that serve to build the terror rather nicely. The early portions of the film involving the scenes of the kids on the playground going through their usual routine cleaning up around the farm and finding the truth about the lifestyle in the area until they meet the twins next door and are able to finally enjoy something about the town feel like a genuine kid-centered slapstick comedy. The simplicity of her way of life against the same treatment the parents receive at the wellness retreat while the group of kids attempting to cope with the lack of technology brings a great counterbalance to everything. As well, there's a great deal of fun had with the creation of the creature and it getting loose in the community. From the kids' initial discovery of the creatures' existence and the journey to uncover its origins to make one for themselves, there's a more pronounced and decided mixture of including whimsical elements into a more obvious horror-based scenario of the kids creating a demon to do work for them in order to goof off more. The restlessness that eventually leads to the rampage through the villagers that eventually results in the exorcism to free here is a fine mix of cheesy action and tons of gore while bringing a lot of aspects together. These are what hold the film up with a lot to like about it. There isn't much to dislike here but it does have some problems. The films' biggest issue is the convoluted storyline that takes on way too many concepts for its own good. The lives of the people in the town, including the mayor trying to get through the day without being bothered by asinine requests, the logging company looking to bulldoze a sacred forest, or the activists trying to save it, just seem to serve as padding since none of the issues really come together and work mainly as a way to introduce bodies into her rampage. As well, there's the seemingly complex message about the film being anti-technology involving all the kids being forced off their phones for extended periods yet the film still resolves itself with finding answers in technology which seems highly counterproductive to its message. However, it's not enough to hold this one back overall.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.

Reviewed by alisonc-1 7 /10

The Sorcerer's Apprentice in Estonia

Mia (Nora Merivoo) and Kevin (Harri Merivoo) are sent to stay with Grandma (Mari Lili) in the country while their parents are on a retreat. Bored without their smart phones, the children ask their grandmother for a story; she tells them a story she heard from her grandmother, who heard it from *her* grandmother, about the making of a kratt, a servant that will do all its maker's work as ordered. The children are thrilled when they subsequently come upon the Count's journal, a long-lost volume that includes explicit instructions for making a kratt; they immediately do so with the help of twin neighbours, but of course they don't bother to check the instructions for how to undo the creature....

The two leads in this film are played by the children of the film's director, Rasmus Merivoo, but this doesn't seem to be a matter of nepotism as they do quite well as the two bratty, spoiled characters who are, in the end, just little kids after all. The setting of the Estonian countryside is entrancing, especially populated as it is with somewhat eccentric inhabitants and even a sacred forest that is under threat. There may or may not be some sort of commentary on religion underlying the story here; if so, it's rather opaque and it's best to just sit back and enjoy the mayhem. You may never look at pizza quite the same way again!

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