The Northman is an intense, violent and cinematic experience

You’re going to put the popcorn in a few minutes after the movie starts because the food and The Northman don’t mix well.

On the Paddington 2 to Quentin Tarantino scale, The Northman definitely tipped the extreme end of the violence scale.

There was defecation, decapitation, and more stabs than you can count. If you are nauseous, Northerners will make you spin, and you’ll definitely stop devouring that bucket of popcorn. food and Northerners don’t mix.

Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Nicole Kidman and Claes Bang, Northerners is an epic Viking tale of revenge and destiny. And you can’t take revenge without shedding a lot of blood.

Northerners It’s an incredible, unshackled cinematic experience with a rock opera-like vibe being performed at the foot of an active volcano – and yes, there are scenes set at the foot of an active volcano and it’s insane in the best of ways.

Northerners improved in every way, but also really catchy so your attention never falters. Even when you instinctively look away, – because, you know, violence – your eyes will instantly fall back. You don’t want to miss a single moment.

The story and characters are based on the Viking legend that formed the basis for the works of William Shakespeare Hamletso it will give you an idea of ​​the scale of what is at stake – all the great human experiences between life and death such as honor and shame, love and hate, and betrayal and revenge.

Amleth (Skarsgard) is a child prince when he witnesses his father King Aurvandill (Hawke) being killed by his uncle Fjolnir (Bang), barely escapes and promises to avenge his father’s death and save his mother Gudrun (Kidman).

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Raised to kill, loot and plunder by a band of Vikings, adult Amleth has an unquenchable thirst for blood, which he directs at his uncle when he sees an opportunity to infiltrate Fjolnir’s domain.

Disguised as a slave, Amleth plots his revenge, aided by Olga (Taylor-Joy), a fellow slave with magical powers, and with the encouragement of an astrologer (Bjork) and a wizard (Brendan Gleeson) who speak of prophecy and destiny.

Filmmaker Robert Eggers made his splashy debut in 2015 with Witch, which launched her and Taylor-Joy’s career. Follow up Lighthouse were two annoying black-and-white hands with Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe easily crossing the line into grotesquerie.

With NorthernersEggers didn’t dull his instincts for challenge, but it wasn’t nearly as perfect as his previous works – perhaps that’s because of the epic scale of the story, which required a more balanced tone. There was no question, that Eggers controlled his original, raw vision.

The nearly monochromatic visuals, sometimes punctuated by bright reds (fire and blood) and green (Icelandic landscapes), often captured in close-up confrontations or elaborate old shots, are simply incredible to watch on the big screen.

Everything about Northerners intense, from fierce performances to thrilling scores, time-consuming experiences that elicit immersive reactions.

It’s not for everyone, but those who experience it will be blown away.

Rating: 4/5

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