The Northman

The Northman ★★★★

"It is not enough to be the man that never cries"

Equally intriguing as it is brutal. At first the story is very bare and simple (I'm talking skeletal) but everything else is a technical spectacle for the retinals. So much detail and careful filmmaking is constantly and rigorously evident: I haven't been this immersed in a film for a while. Eventually the plot thickens (and sickens), giving the production value something more to display, albeit gut-wrenchingly. The whole thing didn't hit quite as hard as something like The Revenant or The Green Knight, but I'm psyched that it more resembled those films than, say, Guy Ritchie's King Arthur. I'm a fan of Eggers and look forward to what he does next.

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