The Northman

The Northman ★★★½

I liked this a bit more the second time because I was more readily able to go along with this elemental story as a reflection of the character's worldview and not our own. Eggers shows us why vengeance and adherence to fate is everything in Amleth's reality, but it's hard not to want something more thorny and complicated after a century of cinematic revenge narratives.

The movie looks incredible, and I like the range and diversity of visual approaches from Eggers and Jarin Blaschke. There's an interesting, milky, almost black and white look to some of the night scenes that adds to a mythic surreality.

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