The Northman

The Northman ★★★★½

When I saw "Mad Max: Fury Road" I remember thinking, no movie will be able to hit the gas and take me hostage like this again. What an enthralling clash of testosterone, jarring wold building, and sparse, but potent character details. I'm 30 something and feel like I've seen everything movies have to offer, especially when it comes to the sword and sandal-ish genre.

Well, "The Northman" just took over the fast lane with a guttural howl. And if there is room for anyone to say that Fury Road's momentum maxes our early, Northman will be an interesting study for you, because I found each scene uniquely fascinating and the tension a radioactive spread.

Strong performances throughout. Incredible production. I need a three-disc Criterion release of this, please. Pretty please, with a wolf's head on top.

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