The Northman

The Northman ★★★★

A simple story (never read Hamlet so that didn't factor in), but it's elevated by fantastic tone. I think that might be what sets Robert Eggers apart, even with this feeling much more broad for him it still has that heavy immersiveness to it that I felt in his other films. The weird fantasy bits mesh really well with the Viking iconography, but it also has all the blood, testosterone and primal screaming you could ever want. Ending solidified this as pretty great to me, very satisfying.

The score! I could feel the drums in my very soul, the chants at the end we're 5x louder than the rest of the movie and it was awesome

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