The Northman: A Viking Epic of Revenge and Destiny
The Northman is a 2022 American epic historical action thriller film directed by Robert Eggers, who co-wrote the screenplay with SjÃ³n. Based on the legend of Amleth, the film stars Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd (who also produced), Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, BjÃ¶rk and Willem Dafoe. The plot centers on Amleth, a Viking prince who sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of his father, King Aurvandill, by his uncle FjÃ¶lnir.
The film is heavily influenced by Norse mythology and features stunning cinematography by Jarin Blaschke, a haunting musical score by Robin Carolan and Sebastian Gainsborough, and a stellar cast of actors who deliver powerful performances. The film explores themes of fate, honor, family, love and violence in a brutal and realistic depiction of the Viking Age.
The Northman had its world premiere in Stockholm at Rigoletto Cinema on March 28, 2022. It began theatrical release in some countries on April 13, 2022, and was released theatrically in the United States on April 22 to critical acclaim, with praise for its direction, screenplay, cinematography, musical score and the performances. The film has been nominated for several awards, including five Academy Awards.
The Northman is a must-see film for fans of historical epics, action thrillers and Norse mythology. It is a cinematic masterpiece that will leave you breathless and amazed. Don’t miss it in theaters on April 22.
The Northman has received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, who have praised its brutal vision of vengeance and violence, its breathtaking visual marvel, and its mesmerisingly outrageous take on the Norse myth that inspired Hamlet. The film currently holds a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 372 reviews, with an average rating of 8.1/10. The website’s critics consensus reads: “A bloody revenge epic and breathtaking visual marvel, The Northman finds filmmaker Robert Eggers expanding his scope without sacrificing any of his signature style.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 82 out of 100, based on 68 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.
The film has also been a commercial success, grossing $69.6 million worldwide against a budget of $70â90 million. It debuted at number one at the US box office, earning $18.7 million in its opening weekend, surpassing expectations and becoming Eggers’ highest-grossing film to date. The film also performed well in international markets, especially in Scandinavia, where it broke several records for an American film.
The Northman is a film that will stay with you long after you leave the theater. It is a visceral and emotional experience that will shock you, move you and inspire you. It is a film that deserves to be seen on the big screen, with the best sound and picture quality possible. It is a film that will make you feel alive.
The Northman also showcases the talents of its cast, who deliver vanity-free performances and endure harsh conditions to bring their characters to life. Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd, who also produced the film, transforms himself into a fierce and formidable warrior, who conveys both rage and vulnerability with his expressive eyes and body language. Nicole Kidman gives one of her best performances in years as the conflicted and tormented Queen GudrÃºn, who has to face the consequences of her choices and actions. Claes Bang is a chilling and charismatic villain as FjÃ¶lnir, who exudes menace and charm in equal measure. Anya Taylor-Joy is captivating as Olga, the Maiden-King of the Birch Forest, who becomes Amleth’s ally and lover. Ethan Hawke, BjÃ¶rk and Willem Dafoe have memorable supporting roles as Amleth’s father, the Seeress and the Jester, respectively.
In various interviews, the cast and crew have shared their experiences of making The Northman, which involved rigorous training, authentic costumes and props, challenging locations and weather conditions, and a collaborative and creative atmosphere. SkarsgÃ¥rd revealed that he had wanted to make a Viking film for several years, and approached Eggers after seeing his previous films The Witch and The Lighthouse. He said that he was impressed by Eggers’ vision and passion for the project, and that he trusted him completely as a director. Taylor-Joy said that she was drawn to the film by Eggers’ script, which she described as “poetic” and “beautiful”, and that she enjoyed working with SkarsgÃ¥rd, whom she called “a wonderful partner”. Kidman said that she was fascinated by her character’s arc and complexity, and that she admired Eggers’ ability to create a “visceral” and “immersive” experience for the audience.
The Northman is a film that will not only entertain you, but also challenge you, provoke you and inspire you. It is a film that pushes the boundaries of cinema and storytelling, and creates a lasting impression on your mind and soul. It is a film that you will not forget.