The Northman is a film. It is not a movie. It is not content. It is a film.
Robert Eggers is one of the best new talents out there at the moment. I loved The Witch and The Lighthouse. Both are incredibly beautiful films, and so well made. I was looking forward to The Northman and finally got to see it as it was released on streaming today.
It stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Ethan Hawk, Anya Taylor-Joy and Willem Dafoe. It’s directed by Eggers and written by him and Sjon Eggers. The story is nice and simple:
“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.”
I say it’s simple, it is a revenge story, but there is so much more to it than that, a lot more goes on than I thought and it has left me with lots to think about, in a good way.
I’m not going to go into the story too much, since I don’t want to spoil it, but the entire thing is gripping, well thought out, and very well told.
Being a huge fan of Eggers’ previous work, I was looking forward to this and I wasn’t disappointed. His direction is amazing. It is some of the best film direction I have seen in a long time. There are very long and complex shots that look simply stunning.
It may look stunning, but at the same time, it is incredibly brutal. There is one sequence where Amleth, the main protagonist, and his crew raid a village. The whole thing feels incredibly real from the set dressing to each and every cut of the axe.
The Northman is a film that is just so well made. I wouldn’t say it was an action-filled epic. Like his other films, it is slow-paced. Then, when the action kicks in boy does it kick in!
The entire cast is amazing. I love how they didn’t shy away from doing accents from that region. It added a level of realism to everything. Even Bjork was good in it.
For me, this is what the cinema is all about. Great direction, a well-thought-out cast, an interesting story, a beautiful score, and stunning photography. I’m struggling to find any fault with the movie. I would say, some of the scenes were filmed a little too dark, but then it all adds to the film. The scene was set at night when there wasn’t much light around.
I would say The Northman is one of the best movies I have seen this year so far. It is beautiful, it is brutal, and it kept me hooked from beginning to end.
Have you seen it? What did you think?