I found they cut off too many shots and did not show the landings. This really annoyed me throughout the movie. The last segment was sick as fuck though and I enjoyed the cut-offs in that scene, just for the effect of never showing snow.
Yeah, i actually liked into the mind but valhalla was definatly better. There was storytelling in valhalla like into the mind but there was skiing after skiing instead of storytelling into storytelling into a little bit of skiing like into the mind. Worth buying for sure and the powder skiing in that movie was phenomenal.
Valhalla is great, but what really set Into the Mind apart (and quite frankly, into a higher caliber of ski movie), was the 10-20 cumulative minutes of super slo-mo old tibetan guy blinking while spinning prayer wheel shots. Really introspective IMO. Just wish there was a little more of that in Valhalla...
To my mind, the best aspects of Valhalla come in the form of a well told, visually connected story. It's a ski movie, in that it's a movie about skiing, but what Sweetgrass shows us is more about what skiing actually means--freedom. Joy. And how powerful it can be to find those things in the snowy woods.
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Too much hippy shit in my opinion. Don't get why people complain about the asian guy in Into the mind, but Valhalla having an asian sun-praying snowboard guy who does his weird tailor seat thingy every morning is a good idea?
Beside that the actual pow skiing is pretty good, although it kinda lacks more tricks...
"The crickets and the rust-beetles scuttled among the nettles of the sage thicket. "Vámonos, amigos," he whispered, and threw the busted leather flintcraw over the loose weave of the saddlecock. And they rode on in the friscalating dusklight."- Eli Cash
I've heard people complain about how vahalla's shots were cut to short; no landings, half lines, maybe one cliff drop with no ride out. I think those are perfectly valid complaints regarding a documentary style movie which follows real athletes to real places, but that's not what valhalla was about. When it is said in the film that "Every breath radiates opportunity and hope; every sense thrives on the wealth of the present; every thing whispers of brilliance and awe," it shows that the movie is about the briefest of moments, the slivers of a run when you are reminded that skiing is what makes you happy. As often as not, the most euphoric sensations I feel when skiing are the single perfect turn through powder, the little shifty in a blind 2, the weightlessness of dropping a cliff. It is in those microscopic explosions of emotion that always call me back to the frozen north, searching for the pure joy I knew only as a child. So while valhalla may not have showcased the raw talent of the athletes by trumpeting "hey look what cool thing this guy did!" it did more to showcase the love we skiers have for our sport than any other ski film to date.