The Northman

2022, Adventure/Action, 2h 17m

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A bloody revenge epic and breathtaking visual marvel, The Northman finds filmmaker Robert Eggers expanding his scope without sacrificing any of his signature style. Read critic reviews

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You might be frustrated if you're expecting something straightforward, but viewers looking for an artsy -- and bloody -- Viking revenge story won't be disappointed by The Northman. Read audience reviews

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Prince Amleth is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy's mother. Two decades later, Amleth is now a Viking who's on a mission to save his mother, kill his uncle and avenge his father.

Cast & Crew

Nicole Kidman
Queen Gudrún
Claes Bang
Fjölnir the Brotherless
Ethan Hawke
King Aurvandil War-Raven
Anya Taylor-Joy
Olga of the Birch Forest
Gustav Lindh
Thórir the Proud
Willem Dafoe
Heimir the Fool
Phill Martin
Hallgrimr Half-Troll
Eldar Skar
Finnr the Nose-Stub
Olwen Fouéré
Áshildur Hofgythja
Edgar Abram
Hersveinn Battle Hard
Jack Gassmann
Hjalti Battle Hasty
Oscar Novak
Young Amleth
Jack Walsh
Hallur Freymundur
Björk
Seeress
Sjón
Screenwriter
Robert Eggers
Screenwriter
Yariv Milchan
Executive Producer
Michael Schaefer
Executive Producer
Sam Hanson
Executive Producer
Thomas Benski
Executive Producer
Jarin Blaschke
Cinematographer
Louise Ford
Film Editing
Robin Carolan
Original Music
Craig Lathrop
Production Design
Paul Ghirardani
Art Director
Niamh Coulter
Set Decoration
Linda Muir
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  • Jun 01, 2022
    Consider writer/director Robert Eggers' bloody Viking revenge movie as a companion piece to 2021's The Green Knight. Both movies take mythical, supernatural-aided tales of heroics and medieval masculinity and feed into the spectacle while also cleaving the legend to make way for a sense of humanity. We follow Amleth (Alexander Skatsgard) who is a displaced prince who has sworn to kill his treacherous uncle and rescue his mother (Nicole Kidman). It's a tale so old that it inspired Shakespeare's Hamlet, though that play could have benefited from a climax involving two hulking naked men dueling to the death atop an exploding volcano. The Northman reminds me a lot of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, a movie I described back in the day as "an art film for jocks." It's immersive and impressive down to the exact detail, and it doesn't shirk on the blood and combat. It's also unmistakably the work of Eggers, a very precise and idiosyncratic indie director whose prior movies felt like stylistic dares. The camerawork is often long with single takes, making all the visual arrangements and coordination that much more impressive. It's staggering that a studio provided Eggers with $90 million to go make his version of Conan the Barbarian. At a lugubrious 140 minutes, there's enough sticky carnage to satiate fans of brutish medieval action movies, but I appreciated how Eggers keeps his story purposely streamlined and simplistic until a few keen reveals force the audience and protagonist to re-examine the assumptions and fleeting honor of vengeance in this harsh, unfair environment of men out-killing one another. It's a movie that provides the red meat and then makes you question whether you might want to go vegan. There's more that can be unpacked but I wish Eggers had cut back at points. This is a slow movie, which does contribute to its mood and atmosphere, but I also wish Eggers had gotten to some of his plot points with a bit more haste and vigor. The Northman is transporting and bold and also more than a bit bloated. You could laugh at some of its over-the-top machismo but I feel like Eggers is inviting criticism of that very machismo, so enjoy the movie on one level where it indulges all the Old World violence, and then enjoy it on another level where it subverts and castigates the same Old World violence. Or you could just watch for the glistening muscles, famous faces, bad accents, bad wigs, guttural score, and weird imagery. Nate's Grade: B
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  • Apr 30, 2022
    Eggers finally fulfills the promise he showed in his earlier work. A gorgeous and bold epic that both feels old fashioned (possibly ancient even) and excitingly new.
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