hafiy’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Northman is Robert Eggers' first big-budget film and by far his most ambitious work to date, and it's safe to say that he handled it pretty well. It's also one of my most anticipated films of the year, and I am certainly satisfied with it. Unlike his previous films, The Northman is straightforward and not as subtle, as it heavily relies on its grand spectacle. He went from building a minimalistic world of evil and madness to crafting an in-depth, majestic, and immersive Viking world of hatred. The film is brutal, savage, and gritty, remarkably blending a revenge story with those grounded mythical elements. Eggers' sublime camerawork really creates a hell of an experience, especially with the long takes in some of its action sequences. Alex Skarsgård's performance as the titular hero is fiery straight from the beginning, while Nicole Kidman shines out the most in the third act.
I truly adore Eggers as a filmmaker. His directing range is simply special, and his ability to stick to his voice is incredible. Really wish I had seen this in the cinema.