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Tak1408’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Oh Eggers, I admire your work. Haven't seen the Northman yet but I'm sure I'll enjoy it. The guy loves digging stuff from the past or old period pieces, so why not go back to his student films? This was a mixed bag for me. Its just the same old story we are familiar with but given a silent film treatment with its look and feel to it. Didn't find it eerie. I guess close-up shots of the witch can be a nightmare fuel for kids but other than that there isn't much to run home about. That's ok, lot of directors don't have a good start but you do get to see some of their talents or signatures at a very early age. He should have gone full crazy with this one. You still see his love for the classics.
Overall, do I recommend it? Eh, not really. If you're a diehard fan of his work, go for it. I would recommend Burton's version more.