JacolineMaes’s review published on Letterboxd:
I was a fool for almost missing this in cinemas. However, now I finally had a movie and thus a reason to visit the super cool Filmkoepel (a cinema in a dome prison, which is awesome and I've always wanted to visit a dome prison since I've had classes mentioning Foucault's panopticon. But enough personal musings).
This was gorgeous, I loved the grey night scenes only lit up by orange when there was fire around. The fantasy/dream sequences were cool too and I simply vibed with this. Just like The Green Knight this is a movie that makes me feel intense joy to experience it on the big screen.
I also liked how it's very brutal, violent and fucked up, yet it also manages to sufficiently flesh out the motivations of the characters. Amleth is bound on getting back what is his. His mother turns out to be a character having thoughts for herself that her son might not now, which I really appreciated and I thought the confrontation between the two of them was brimming with all kinds of weird tensions and was very strong.
Then there's some eye-catching performances. I think there was no one I didn't like. I was just happy to witness Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Claes Bang, Björk and Gustav Lindh (I kept wondering throughout the movie who he was, want to see that guy in more movies, he's got such captivating eyes) being awesome.
And for once I even really enjoyed a performance by Alexander Skarsgård. Instead of seeing this guy who just stares seriously and isn't as attractive to me as he seems to be in they eyes of other people I finally saw a character come to life. I guess it helps that the role is just very much build on him being a rough warrior, but it works.
All in all glad I caught this and it's definitely a movie that will be nice to rewatch, simply because it's such a pleasure to witness.
Lists I made that feature this film:
Favourite movies of all time
Favourite movies watched in 2022