The Northman

The Northman ★★★★★

A whole entire masterpiece of filmed ferocity. For the third film in a row, Eggers has proved himself a legit visionary and master of all the crafts and that's including a strong knack for storytelling. Through all the barbarity, the words in the screenplay are eloquent and decisively pointed and the moments that are meant to be big feel gigantically cinematic. The things that come out of the mouths of the characters can be as vicious as the swinging of a sword. I'm going to throw out the word Shakespearean yet again, as I have in the past with Eggers. Revenge movies show a character's path taken from point A to point B, but the best of them tell us that point B is never really the endpoint.

*What really drove this home for me was the connection between Amleth (Skarsgard) and Olga (Anya Taylor-Joy). That little bit of passion went a long way in completing the film's thesis of fate and destiny. It was genuine and romantic.

*Nicole Kidman's monologue in the middle is nothing short of brilliance (again, the SCREENPLAY!). It's the best, most delicious little bit of performative greatness we'll see this year.

*The berserker scene (the dance, the ritual, the fire) was transcendent cinema

*Skarsgard climbing the wall one handed with an axe in one shot just like WHAT

Just the best capital M Movie LOVED it!

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