The Northman

The Northman ★★★★½

Robert Eggers finally marries his hyperdetailed anthropological fixations to a more straightforward narrative, resulting in his most entertaining and well-rounded film to date. It’s not quite as formally daring or immaculately designed as his previous two films, but there’s still a plethora of memorable surreal imagery and immersive period worldbuilding. It’s got a simple but effective focus on cyclical violence, and the whole thing feels like a dream of a myth. Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe are the performance MVPs, though Anya Taylor-Joy and Björk are fantastic as well.

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