The Northman

The Northman ★★★★½

Remember for whom you shed your last teardrop.

I had my hopes high for the new Robert Eggers' vikings meet The Lion King, and my lord it delivered. With the indescribable feel most fantasy flicks carry, along with some gorgeous cinematography and more blood than I've seen in a film like this, it comes off as if Eggers made his own version of The Green Knight, and that is a compliment.
Alexander Skarsgård is phenomenal as the lead, and while it's a lot of yelling and fighting, he not only sells those, but the in-between moments that require good acting. Anya Taylor Joy is exactly what you'd expect from her, which sounds like an insult, but if you've seen how good she can truly be, it's not. I don't know if this is the best performance from her, but it's still one that's more than notable, especially considering one of her final moments.
The thing with Eggers' films is that they're never quite what you expect them to be. While they're true to the story they promote, it takes the story in several different directions to keep its audience on its toes, and like The VVitch and The Lighthouse, those moments flow naturally with the story, never taking the suspension of disbelief for granted, despite how peculiar it gets.

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