Prince Amleth is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy's mother. Two decades later, Amleth is now a Viking who raids Slavic villages. He soon meets a seeress who reminds him of his vow -- save his mother, kill his uncle, avenge his father.
Director: Robert Eggers
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård; Nicole Kidman; Claes Bang; Anya Taylor-Joy; Ethan Hawke; Björk; Willem Dafoe
Release Date: April 22, 2022
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History, Thriller
Rated R for strong bloody violence, some sexual content and nudity
Runtime: 2h 16m
The Northman is a visually striking, blood soaked, revenge epic that's sure to leave an impression long after the film's finished. Robert Eggers most expensive film to date is also his most accessible with a straightforward Viking Hamlet tome that still allows him to engage in his signature folklore flourishes. Eggers peppers his film with paganistic mythology which pairs perfectly with the imposing Irish vistas subbing in for Iceland. There's a brutishly beautiful tone set from the start and maintained for the duration which plays like a grimier Gladiator with sprinkles of Clash of the Titans and Excalibur. Alexander Skarsgård is a hulking mass of revenge whose intensity screams through the screen the moment he appears. Its not necessarily a challenging role since there's not much depth to his character, none of the characters in the film are, but Skarsgård still makes for a imposing and engaging figure. Anya Taylor-Joy channels a more mature version of her character from The Witch which makes for a fascinating turn even if her and Skarsgård don't share much onscreen chemistry. Ethan Hawke, Björk and Willem Dafoe have small supporting turns which adds texture to the film. Nicole Kidman also has a small but pivotal role that gives her a scene that allows to flex her incredible talent. The Northman may not have the thematic depth and reach of Robert Eggers first two films but that doesn't make it anymore impactful memorable due in large part to his creative vision.
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