The Northman

The Northman ★★★★½

I went in expecting a primal revenge thriller similar to The Revenant, but Eggers's jump into big budget filmmaking felt closer to Mandy in terms of tales of vengeance. I'd like to make a formal apology for ever doubting that a massive team of execs could dampen Mr. Eggers's weirdness.

A second viewing only proved how precisely detailed each element of the production was - from costume, PD, to the direction of extras - it's all flawless. I found myself really enjoying how often the film cut/faded to black, not just at the chapter cards, but almost every big scene and sequence is punctuated with a moment black screen. It helped section off each part of the story and gives you a second to release from the intensity of a highly detailed world. Blaschke's nighttime cinematography is LUSCIOUS. Its pale, almost desaturated blue felt simultaneously bleak and full of life. Even the scenes clearly filmed on a stage felt just as creatively ambitious as the sequences shot in the most brutal terrain imaginable.

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