Justin Peterson’s review published on Letterboxd:
The fury of the Hamlet legend gets back to its roots, by unleashing the most badass Norse warrior imaginable!
"It is not enough to be the man that never cries, prince Amleth. The prince that turned from his fate. A beast that care for not! A beast that brings tears from the eyes of man! Now remember for whom you shed your last teardrop!"
Between my Scandinavian heritage, appreciation of Viking lore, and love of intense medieval action ... I was lined up perfectly to be apart of the key target audience for Director Robert Eggers' The Northman. With this being such a familiar story, Eggers mostly flexes his abilities by bringing us into this incredibly violent and mystical world of Vikings. Complete with amazing production design and atmospheric dream sequences.
"You must choose between kindness for your kin, and hatred for your enemies."
(Quick Hits) ... Spoilers:
- If I had a complaint it would be that we did not get to see even more of
Alexander Skarsgård's character Amleth going into berserker mode
- While watching I thought they were actually calling him Hamlet, but it turns out the legend of Amleth was the inspiration for Shakespeare's 'The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark'
- As much as I love viking culture, I suppose it is important to remember these guys were a mighty savage ravenous hoard
- I have never been much of an Anya Taylor-Joy fan, but she is breathtaking in this as she rises to the occasion as an upcoming Norse Queen
- It was also neat to see Nicole Kidman in the role of Queen Gudrún, and she certainly has a surprise up her sleeve at the end
- Ethan Hawke's character King Aurvandil War-Raven's demise felt so tragic. Although I will have to go back and see if there were any hints that foreshadow Gudrún's claims at the end ... or maybe she had just gone native
- Wow, how creepy cool was Björk as a soothsayer
- Amleth is introduced as this incredible warrior, so it was a nice touch to see him go more covert and unleash a slow and sinister revenge plot on his uncle. Including terrorizing them by stringing up massacred bodies
- Wait was that a viking warrior with braces riding into Valhalla?
- Hats off to Eggers for hooking me in so deep, that I become uncertain of how the climax would end up playing out
Now I am curious to find out if there are any other amazing Viking movies I have been missing out on. 'Valhalla Rising' comes to mind, can you all recommend any others?
Thanks for reading.
Happy movie watching ... Skål! 🍻