The Northman

The Northman ★★★★½

Despite all of the unfathomable hype and expectations surrounding this film, Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse) delivers, yet again, another masterfully crafted film that contains some of the most breathtaking and jaw dropping shots/scenes I’ve ever seen. Even with the gigantic budget and studio interference, The Northman has Eggers fingerprints all over it. Whether it be his darkly immersive atmosphere, moments of visual artistry, or the sheer brutality and bizarre elements you wouldn't expect to see on screen. There were a few moments, more specifically a scene on a boat in the third act, that felt generic in terms of execution. Definitely gave off the “studio-written” vibe. But it’s still insane how the vast majority of this film still feels like it’s directly coming from Robert Eggers and there was never a moment that I wasn’t invested in the experience. Believe me. The hype is real. 9/10

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