Josh’s review published on Letterboxd:
I watched an interview with Robert Eggers where he said that this is the most historically accurate Viking movie ever made, and I believe it. There's a lot of weird shit in this - in a good way. Willem Dafoe is basically a jester, which might be one of the greatest castings I've ever seen.
Another thing Eggers said that I think helped me better contextualize this, is that the things the protagonist does in this movie are based on what he believes he has to do according to Viking culture. It wouldn't necessarily be the right thing for me or you to do - it may not even be the best thing for he himself to do - but it's how he was raised. And this isn't anything hidden, or even very subtle, but I just thought it was interesting to hear him say it.
After the movie ended, someone sitting near me asked what I thought. I said I really liked it, and he said he didn't care for it. I asked if he liked Robert's previous movies, and he said "yeah." He went on to say that he heard there was a lot of studio meddling in this one. So who knows. I loved The Witch and The Lighthouse and still thought this was excellent. It's very different than those, but that's not a bad thing.
The cast is great in this, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Eggers is 3 for 3 in my book.