About the movie The Northman
The Northman (2022) is a gripping and intense thriller that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats. The film follows a group of criminals who attempt to rob a bank in the remote city of Northman. However, things quickly go awry and the group finds themselves being hunted by a ruthless gang of killers. The Northman is a thrilling ride from start to finish and is sure to keep audiences entertained.
The Northman Review
Northman is more concerned with the grief that drives its protagonist. The film’s first half, set in Iceland circa 1000 A.D., introduces us to Amleth as a young widower consumed by his wife’s death in childbirth, which he blames on the taunting gods. The bereaved father seeks bloody revenge on those responsible for her passing, but his actions have unforeseen consequences that threaten not only his life but also the future of his people. He is sent into exile, and “The Northman” charts his arduous journey home, during which he forges unexpected alliances and confronts unanticipated enemies, including a monstrous bear.
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This isn’t a story about a dashing royal who travels the world seeking adventure. Amleth lives in a more violent age, when no higher honor can befall a king than to be murdered by his own hand. The second half of the film features an audience with King Aurvandill (Ethan Hawke), who has just returned from war, shattered and injured. In order to prepare his young son for the possibility of bloodshed, his father King Aurvandill (Ethan Hawke) worships this reality by training him for the inevitability of battle: a carnal ritual taking place in a smoky, Otherworldly cave that includes a mystical invocation to the ancestors led by Heimir the Fool (an unhinged Willem Dafoe), during which Amleth and Aurvandill howl and holler like wolves. In “The Northman,” we’re all just rabid animals slobbering in flabby sacks of human skin. Our primary obligations are ancient: to avenge one’s father and to defend one’s mother and kingdom. It’s an oath that his mother Queen Gudrún (Nicole Kidman) and his uncle, the huge black-bearded Fjölnir (Claes Bang), take, but ignore as they both bring tragedy to Amleth’s life by murdering his father—forcing him to depart for distant shores where he becomes a bitter, musclebound warrior.
“The Northman” is a film with rage in the dirt; it’s an intense picture with codas to the unavoidable darker elements of nature: animal, elemental, and human. They all pulse through Eggers’ trademark warped soundscapes, as ambient reverbs and decaying delays reach back toward primordial beginnings. The trippy psychedelic dreamscapes also aim to reach the same goal as Amleth’s family tree, which is an ever-changing stand-in for divine rule and a blue glowing arterial fern emerging from his heart that joins with ours. It’s one of the many magical tentacles intertwining and knotting up “The Northman,” a film in which Björk plays a blind seer leading Amleth to a sword with a dull-less blade and an unquenchable thirst for death.
“The Northman” is a sprawling epic that feels both ancient and modern, a timeless tale told with the latest in digital wizardry. It’s a film of stunning visuals and mythic proportions, one that will leave you both exhilarated and exhausted. But above all, it’s a bold statement from one of cinema’s most exciting directors, one that confirms Eggers as a true visionary.
Sjón, Robert Eggers
Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Ethan Hawke, Anya Taylor-Joy