The Northman

The Northman ★★★★½

The Northman, Robert Eggers' third feature film, is a relatively straightforward tale: a man seeks revenge for the murder of his father. It is a frequently occurring narrative arc, but in the hands of Eggers it is so much more. Co-written with Icelandic poet and author Sjón, The Northman is imbued with imagery and mythology which elevates a simple tale of revenge into something far more powerful and beautiful. The cinematography captures the grandeur and harshness of the Vikings' lands, while immersing us in the grime, the misery & the bloodshed of their existence. Alexander Skarsgård is terrific as Amleth, the Viking prince who seeks to avenge his father. The supporting cast is note perfect, with Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke and particularly Nicole Kidman delivering excellent performances (and gotta give credit to really going for it with the accents!). The Northman is a grim affair at times, but is ultimately immensely satisfying and strangely uplifting in its conclusion - if you allow yourself to be truly immerse in this dark and cruel world.

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