Silent movie epic kick-starts with an impressive watery mouthed dragon and the slaying of it. The duel between the marriage sick king and Brünhild is cool to watch and while the story may be predictable due to it being an old heroic legend it is also hard to be very critical about it. It looks very expensive for it's time and there is something visual to behold throughout the film.
3-4. Others have already kind of covered me on the fact that this film feels longer than it needs to be. But I can't stress enough that visually, and in terms of effects, this is a Hell of a silent film. Special props to the way Brunhild's powers are handled. Granted, I don't know if the potential meat of fairy tales as a medium is fully tapped here; but as an epic actualization of the tale, it's breathtaking.
A ridiculously ambitious ye olde epic that you can't fault for scale, innovation and pure style especially when some modern day fantasy films look cheaper. Docked a star purely for feeling longer than it already is and for getting a bit lost plot-wise amongst it all. For those unfamiliar with the story it's kinda Faerie Queen meets Beowulf with a smattering of Shakespearean social 'courts and lovers' tension.
Wow, what an epic! Amazing sets, fantastic costumes, (the zig zag boots!), great hair-dos (and un-do's, the Blacksmith clearly hadn't been near a comb for decades). Siegfried! What a man! Bravely Battling the Dastardly Dragon! A tale of trust and treachery, swiveling eyes and glowering glares. Excellent. It is very long though, I watched it in three parts, too long for one viewing I'd say. Well worth the time though.
An ambitious achievement that never loses itself in its grandiose epicness. Each scene is like a beautiful painting, and Lang's composition and use of different shapes is masterful. The costume designer deserves recognition as well for the absolutely breathtaking creations that match the expressionist atmosphere.
Epic storytelling. This ambitious take on German mythology is pretty impressive even ninety years later. The film is somewhat long winded at times but its episodic structure does work in its favour. Some really stirring scenes especially the early dragon battle that still thrills. Performances vary but the visual style and complexity is constant.