The Northman

The Northman ★★★★

Hate is all I have ever known, but I wish I could be free of it.

Absolutely brutal. I’m not smart enough to break down this film the way it deserves to be, so I’ll just mention a few things I liked.

I loved, as always, Eggers attention to detail. Every scene felt alive. And although in some scenes that meant sacrificing the story (during the rituals or when the witches were talking I had no idea what they were saying), at the end of the day I knew that it was a Viking revenge epic. Sometimes you just have to hold on and enjoy the ride.

I also liked how the entire movie felt. Like watching Hamlet if it had a 90 million dollar budget. Every one involved completely inhabited their characters and brought the period alive. While during some scenes it did feel like it dragged a little, typically it’s more because I was anxious to see what was next. The more I watched of this the more I wanted to watch the tale unfold. Dirty, gritty, passionate, poetic. Exciting experience.

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