The Northman

The Northman ★★★★½

The Northman is as tense, brutal, strange and outright insane, as a Robert Eggers directed Viking revenge film could get.
It takes a simple premise and with it goes in both extremely violent and extremely bizarre directions, connecting both with patient directing, smooth and creative camerawork, and a focused and effective story.
There's very visceral long takes when the action happens, but there's also a beautiful location treatment, using the environment to highten the feeling of suspense. It also has the best visuals in an Eggers film, truly jaw-dropping shit.
The themes of fate and cyclical violence were tackled in very interesting ways, especially with some of the later plot developments, and a fantastic ending.
Definitely Eggers best thus far, and I can't even imagine what his final cut might look like.

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