The Northman

The Northman ★★★★

I will avenge you father, save you mother, kill you Fjölnir.

The Northman is an epic unlike no other with breathtaking visuals, stellar dialogue and performances that stand out across the board. Eggers approach to Norse Mythology, his commitment to maintaining period accuracy and never dumbing it down for lesser knowledgeable audience members, is something I truly admired, undoubtedly alienating some viewers while, for me, improving the film drastically. Alexander Skarsgärd's Prince Amleth is undeniably the stand out, the muscles on this man are insane and his acting abilities, the rage he shows while mowing down opponents, is absolutely exquisite. Similarly, the time we spend with Ethan Hawke, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Claes Bang and Williem Dafoe, are equally as masterful, weird and fantastic as we’ve come to expect from Eggers previous films, with each performer giving it their all to create a memorable character that stays with you long past it’s conclusion. 

It’s obvious that Eggers latest epic is partly based on the Norse tale that inspired William Shakespeare's Hamlet and partly based on Viking legends. It’s an epic for the ages and while some stylistic choices don’t necessarily work, the brutal action and Eggers masterful directorial vision make it one of the most awe inspiring, unique blockbusters of our time. Eggers is 3 for 3 so far. The man can do no wrong.

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