The Northman

The Northman ★★★½

Frequently brutal and strange in the way we would expect and hope for in an Eggers film (and when it is it’s glorious), but other times oddly conventional and shallow. I wouldn’t expect the trailer in 2.5 hour form. There’s so little momentum here, and by the end we are left with few reasons to care how the journey ends - no satisfying conclusion or thematic catharsis. There’s a lot of good though I don’t want to scare anyone lol, the contrast makes me think it could’ve been the studio, but who’s to say. I’m still trying to put my finger on what didn’t work for me + will elaborate more in a video tomorrow!

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