Director: Robert Eggers
Writer/s: Sjón, Robert Eggers
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Ethan Hawke, Anya Taylor-Joy, and more.
Did you know one time at high school track practice, I caught a javelin being thrown near me and I caught it and returned the throw right back to them… Ok, that didn’t happen, but YOOOO, THAT HAPPENED IN THIS MOVIE AND IT WAS AS HYPE DURING THE FILM AS IT WAS IN THE TRAILER! Vikings, Skarsgård, Anya Taylor-Joy, Robert Eggers, violence… C’mon, I’m all in. Let’s go!
“From visionary director Robert Eggers comes The Northman, an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father’s murder.”
“The Northman” is nothing short of an epic. It’s the classic tale of revenge, yet skinned as a well-done Viking film and layered with Norse mythology. It’s fkn weird, it’s savage, it’s oddly romantic, and it’s a cut and dry tale of fulfilling personal destiny.
This whole cast is quite impressive. With lesser known names for some such as Claes Bang and Gustav Lindh and then mighty names like Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Nicole Kidman, and the likes. This cast does not pull their punches. However, this segment is solely dedicated to the lead himself, Alexander fucking Skarsgård! This man is a whole lot of man for “The Northman.” Playing the Viking prince Amleth, Skarsgård becomes simply this hulking mass of a Viking, slaughtering everything in his path to fulfill his destiny of avenging his father. People, I am not joking when I say Skarsgård put on so much muscle and is cut from god damn granite. Not only is the physical transformation impressive on its own, but the primal and mental transformation of his character becoming “the bear” or “the wolf”, whichever you would want to call it, is absolutely mind-blowing. We quite literally watch him turn from man to beast in order to slay his enemies. It’s an astonishing transformation and performance.
Director Robert Eggers loves his period pieces. He’s on record as having zero interest in making a modern day film. His history shows us a pilgrim horror, an 1890’s psychological horror…comedy?, and now a Viking epic. Eggers loves his research, he loves these deep dives into old languages and history, and I love the work he has put out thus far.
I think it’s safe to say that I am calling “The Northman” my favorite Robert Eggers film. The violence, the intricate yet simple story, and the astounding performances spearheaded by Skarsgård. This epic is a ground-shaking picture. To nit-pick, I’d have to say once it gets close to the end, I was lulling around waiting to reach the finale because we all knew where it was getting to, but that is honestly all I could say I was taken down a peg on. Know what you’re getting into approaching “The Northman.” This stuff can get weird, the approach to speaking an old tongue at times might be disarming, but ultimately this is a cinematic experience.
Edited by Abby McNatt
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