‘The Northman’ will undoubtedly resonate with most cinema fans as a whole. It doesn’t take much to imagine that “Film Twitter” will be all aflutter watching Robert Eggers’s latest work. Whether the film connects with most movie fans is a different story altogether. Director Robert Eggers takes many liberties as he tells this Viking revenge tale. He certainly doesn’t shy away from Nordic Folklore which to those who haven’t read up on it will come off as odd at best. If dark imagery of witches, grown men acting like animals, and flying Valkariyes are your jam, this is right up your alley.
In terms of the storyline, if one has seen the trailer, then it’s pretty straightforward. A young prince (Alexander Skarsgård) returns to avenge his father’s murder at the hands of his uncle and rescue his mother, played by Nicole Kidman. He meets and falls in love with an enslaved person named Olga (Anna Taylor Joy), who is doing her best, Slavic, which isn’t great. All that aside, it’s hard for me to tell anyone not to see ‘The Northman.’ At the same time, the typical movie fan might have a hard time getting past some pretty odd sequences; the action and emotional resonance of the piece more than make up for it. I’d go so far as to say that anyone who is planning to see the film should pay for the Dolby theater experience, which brought the movie to a whole new level. Performance-wise, the standouts have to be Alexander Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman. After being in 8700 projects together, they have such chemistry together (slight exaggeration). Their scene in the hut is more than worth the price of admission. While ‘The Northman’ certainly appealed to me, I’m not so sure many will seek it out.