The Northman

The Northman ★★★★★

I first heard about this film maybe 7 or 8 months ago and when I read the description it sounded like a movie that was literally made for me, a Viking revenge epic set in Iceland, what more could you want. Then when the trailer got released is when I got really excited, I couldn’t really put my finger on it but something about it just felt right.

Nearly every review is saying the same thing but there’s really no other way to describe it, this is a brutal beast of a movie. It’s exactly the kind of thing I wanted to see from a Viking movie, the one shot near the start of Alexander Skarsgård raiding a village has instantly become one of my favourite sequences is any movie.

It uses mythology and folklore quite a lot which Robert Eggers is known for, from what I understood it worked really well but I think I didn’t quite understand it all just like how I felt when I saw his 2 other films, so I definitely need to revisit it soon to try and get a better understanding of the more abstract elements of it.

I also really liked the way that the plot works out and the way in which he goes about his revenge, I really liked how it wasn’t just simple and it works out in a way that’s more complicated and you probably don’t expect. The Northman is a really epic movie and has definitely become my personal favourite Robert Eggers movie, it’s everything I hoped it would be and I’m going to pay more attention to Robert Eggers from now on because I think he’s a very talented director, perhaps even my favourite up and coming director, I think he has so much potential!

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