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Is ‘The Promised Land’ on Hulu Worth Streaming or Skipping? Mads…

Mads Mikkelsen takes the lead in “The Promised Land,” a historical drama now streaming on Hulu. The film follows the story of Ludvig von Kahlen, a soldier-turned-farmer in Denmark who embarks on a mission to turn barren land into a profitable potato farm. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, known for “The Dark Tower” and “A Royal Affair,” the movie showcases Mikkelsen’s captivating performance.

In 1755, Ludvig secures permission to cultivate the heath, facing challenges from Danish officials and a greedy landowner, Schinkel. As Ludvig navigates the harsh conditions and societal pressures, he forms relationships with workers Ann Barbara and Johannes, creating a makeshift family on the farm. The narrative delves into themes of ambition, love, and societal hierarchy, culminating in a poignant exploration of human nature.

The trailer for “The Promised Land” can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/embed/

The film draws parallels to Westerns and historical dramas, echoing themes of conquest and identity. Mikkelsen’s nuanced portrayal of Ludvig adds depth to the character, portraying a man torn between ambition and personal connections. The screenplay, co-written by Arcel and Anders Thomas Jensen, sets up a compelling narrative that balances political intrigue with emotional resonance.

While “The Promised Land” may not break new ground, it offers a rich and engaging viewing experience. The performances, direction, and storytelling combine to create a captivating historical saga that explores the complexities of human behavior and societal norms. For fans of Mikkelsen’s work and historical dramas, “The Promised Land” is a must-watch.

Our Call: STREAM IT.

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John Serba is a freelance writer and film critic based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.