Pete and Brigette Review Kon-Tiki


kon tiki

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.


Pete: Adventure

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.

Favorite quote:

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?

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