The Northman

The Northman ★★★★½

You must choose between kindness for your kin, and hatred for your enemies. 

My initial reaction being that this film was surprisingly “normal” is less a comment on the film itself and more a comment on the expectations director Robert Eggers has built up in me with only having made two feature films prior to this. 

Of course, there’s nothing “normal” about The Northman. If it would be from any other director my first reaction would have probably been shock that they had that in them.  

I’ve always thought that Alexander Skarsgård should be a bigger star than he is and this film clearly shows why. He can carry a film, has the presence of an action star and the acting chops to be a leading man. Just saying he comes off as the baddest badass Viking to ever be in film would sound immature and shallow... but he does! The thing is though it’s so much more than that. 

I also enjoyed watching a movie where I finally get the little nuances that won’t be apparent to every single person on the planet because of a passing (passing from afar) knowledge of Norse mythology. I’m used to being on the other side of the fence where I have no idea what the fuck a film is referencing. With that said though, anyone mildly more versed in it could easily school me in what I missed. This is the rare occasion where I actually look forward to seeing some YouTube videos dissecting the films use of it. 

I’m not a huge gamer, but I play on occasion, so I just wanted to point out anyone who loved the whole aesthetics of this film, from the look, the score, the throat singing, ect... check out Hellblad: Sensua’s Sacrifice. You’ll be amazed by the similarities and feel of it. I’ll be checking later to see if any consultants overlap. 

This here though was one for the ages. 

Degrees of Separation from Last Movie: 
-The Northman with Nicole Kidman 
-Was in Cold Mountain with Natalie Portman 
-Was in Free Zone with Carmen Maura 
-Was in Queens with Daniel Hendler 
-Was in Virus: 32 

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