The Northman

The Northman ★★★★

Sneakpreview was back in our cinema for the first time since COVID started, so I immediately took the chance to check it out.

The movie that was showing turned out to be “The Northman”, directed by Robert Eggers and starring Alexander Skarsgård and Anya Taylor-Joy as the main leads. The movie is very atmospherically with a great brooding music score accompanying it. The music really lifts the movie to a new level. Throughout the movie I was reminded of the brooding atmosphere and symbolism fever dream scenes of the “The VVitch (2015)” and afterwards it turned out that it was the same director. I didn’t like the Witch but it definitely wasn’t the case for this movie. If I would have to sum the movie up then I would call it a mixture of Conan The Barbarian and folk horror.

The protagonist of the movie (played by Alexander Skarsgård) is a Viking berserker which I found out to be a surprising and interesting angle for a protagonist. The angle is not explored in-depth but I still found it refreshing. I think the movie could be very polarising to the audience and several people left the theatre. I can imagine that if you don’t like the music that it could really eat at you with the loud sound in the cinema. The movie started to drag a little at the end with it’s runtime of 137 minutes and I could point out a few scenes that could have used trimming or cut completely, but all in all the movie is definitely worth the watch if you ask me.

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