The Northman

The Northman ★★★★

While it won't get any high marks for its familiar story beats of vengeance, this film's strongest merits lie in its presentation and thick atmosphere.

Such a cinematic experience with director Robert Eggers going from slow burn horror into full-fledged dark fantasy viking epic. And by Valhalla, it was glorious!

Due to Eggers not having final cut with clear producers' instructions, after audiences were confused after test screenings, this is Eggers' most accessible film while still being satisfied with the end result. It's his most straightforward production with dream sequences and rituals forming the bulk of his slightly strange imagery. The cinematography was quite beautiful and mesmerizing drawing you into a dark, brutal and depressing world.

The cast consisted of Egger's regulars like Anya Taylor-Joy, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson and Willem Dafoe in yet another offbeat role as a jester. Alexander Skarsgård stars as the really buffed and intimidating titular Northman, a berserker going through battles like a bear-wolf. Singer Björk appeared as a witch (what else).

A slow burn "Conan the Barbarian" packaged in such one-of-a-kind visuals and perfectly unnerving music heavy on percussions making it often flirt with the horror genre. While watching, there was a thunder storm outside almost serving as a 5D experience, perfectly complimenting the heavy bass.

A film you should watch on UHD Blu-ray with Dolby Visual/ HDR and Dolby Atmos sound as it's an elevated experience on the medium.
Highly recommended!

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