Describe it in 25 words or less.
Pete: A young anthropologist and a small group of men embark on an epic sea voyage to prove his theory about Polynesia.
Brigette: The dramatization of Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 expedition across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands.
Any particular reason for choosing this film?
Pete: I was interested after it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards.
Brigette: Documentary Dramatization
Who was your favorite character and why?
Pete: Erik Hesselburg because of his common sense and wit.
Brigette: Liv because she knew what she could and couldn’t live with.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Pete: Thor Heyerdahl because he was so arrogant.
Brigette: Thor because he was incredibly selfish and single-minded.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?
Pete: It did take a little while for me to get into it and the pace of it seemed to fluctuate a bit. When it eventually picked up it was more than half over.
Brigette: It was immediately interesting.
Pete: “I have faith. The problem is I also have a sextant.” – Erik Hesselberg
Brigette: “Do as the natives do, down to the smallest detail. Don’t use nails if they use rope. Don’t use steel if they use bone. It took their ancestors a thousand years to learn. Go with them and you just might hang on to your leg.” – Freuchen
Would you watch it again?
Pete: No, but I would like to see the Oscar winning documentary from 1951 that this film was based on.
How was the ending?
Pete: Predictable but I did like the fact there were bios of the men on the raft.
Brigette: I was disappointed in the people at the end more than the film.
What was the moral of the story?
Pete: Sometimes you have to physically prove your theories before anyone will believe you.
Brigette: There is a price to every obsession.
Did you learn anything?
Pete: That Kon Tiki was the name of the raft.
Brigette: That it is as probable that South Americans populated Polynesia.
Who would you recommend it to?
Pete: Adventurers or anyone who has had an unbelievable theory.
Brigette: People who like their documentaries to have a Hollywood treatment before they’ll watch them.
Beer Pairing: (Pete’s specialty) Austin Street Brewery’s Kon Tiki Pale Ale
Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Bamboo hut in Fatu Hiva
What would you be willing to give up in order to pursue an obsession?