The Northman

The Northman ★★★★

"The gates of hell will await you, I know it!"

I've never really cared for Robert Eggers' films before, but I've always checked them out. I saw a screener of The VVitch and I saw The Lighthouse in Paris right after Cannes in 2019 with a full house. But it didn't matter, because I wasn't quite taken with either film.

The Northman soon reveals to be a Hamlet-esque tale with the main character even called Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård). Nicole Kidman plays Queen Gudrún, Amleth's mother, with great hair and a wild accent and an even wilder story that turns Shakespeare's Gertrude on her head. Anya Taylor-Joy plays Olga who seeks to fulfill Amleth's hopes and dreams and warns him of danger when he gets too crazy.

"We thirst for vengeance, but cannot escape our fates."

Both Amleth and his father, King Aurvandil War-Raven (Ethan Hawke) are impressive but impulsive. Björk is unrecognizable as The Seeress.

I loved the scenery and the atmosphere and how Eggers and Sjón transform the story of Hamlet to make it their own. I felt the ending was a departure that actually brought down the film a little bit. However, the rest of it was so good that I decided to ignore and accept it.

"Let us find our future."

Vegan alert:
-Tons of fur
-Horse-back riding
-People slaughtered
-Bones in the broth
-Threatening to eat Amleth's heart
-Dead horse

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