ethxn🏴☠️’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Hate is all I have ever known. But I wish I could be free of it."
With the release of Robert Eggers' The Northman I've come to realize that I'm apparently a really big fan of his work. With his films you just get a different sense of cinema. It's enticing the way he directs his stories. From The Witch (2015) to The Lighthouse (2019) I've given all three of his theatrical releases thus far a perfect score. He truly is one of the most unique filmmakers out there nowadays and I'm so excited for what he does next. Nosferatu or anything else he manages to come up with.
We see the story of Amleth from the young hunted pup to the vengeful wolf as he stalks patiently across Iceland. Soon he comes to meet the beautiful Olga of the Birch Forest. Alexander Skarsgård and Anya Taylor-Joy both provide certainly unforgettable performances. Can't say less of Claes Bang and Nicole Kidman either. I just can't get enough of revenge films. The final confrontation ended in fire and fury and I just love how the story came to an end. Flicks like The Northman or anything else that follows a tortured vengeful soul as they navigate life to their point of finally reaching their ultimate goal. Whether they follow through or not, I find the idea to be super interesting. Combine that concept alongside a badass Viking aesthetic and a clearly enriched depiction of their culture in beautiful Iceland, what more could you ask for? The Northman is brutal but without gore. This film will most likely become one of my top one hundred favorite films of all time after a revisit or two. I know it's one of my favorite films of the year so far and I can't wait to watch it again on a cold rainy night. It's fantastic and in more ways than one it feels like it was made for me. While I adored Eggers' previous work and even rated it similarly, The Northman falls into a category set just above the rest, at least for me. And I have to say, it does remind me a lot of History Channel's Vikings. Great show, great film, epic depictions of the Norse. Just sensational!