The Northman

The Northman ★★★★½

You must choose between kindness for your kin, and hatred for your enemies.

If there was any concern about how Eggers might transition into having a larger budget and studio influence, those fears are swiftly allayed. While one certainly hopes for an eventual director's cut including whatever it was they had to trim, it's hard to be disappointed with the story as it's been given, which retains every bit of Eggers' edge, period-accurate authenticity, and overall strangeness.

An epic tale of revenge based on the Viking tale that inspired the Bard's Hamlet - so you have an idea of what to expect. But, everything old is new again, and using the less familiar setting of the original source, coupled with the Robert Eggers touch, brings a bold freshness to it.

All-around, an impeccably crafted movie, with great performances, great effects, great action - and it's a testament to his craft that this being the "weakest" of Eggers' movies so far results, nevertheless, in one of the best movies of the year.

Stellar and exciting climax, and continues his trend of stunning final shots.

I just loved this one.

Drama/Action - 9/10

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