The Northman is a relentless Viking revenge fantasy that hits all the right notes provided you’re in the mood for it that is.
The Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) father, the king, is murdered and he swears to avenge him and save his mother. That’s the story. The beauty of this film isn’t the story but the visual feast for the eyes, the direction, cinematography, editing and the world created by the co-writer and director, Robert Eggers.
Even though this is testosterone filled movie, the female characters are complex and fully formed!! Björk as the witch is inspired casting and she savours every moment of screen time given. However, Nicole Kidman as the queen and mother takes as into the gates of hell. It is an award worthy performance for sure. All I will say is that there’s a scene between her and her son that actually took my breath away. She owns every single frame she appears in.
The Northman is released in cinemas from Friday 15 April.
Prince Amleth is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy’s mother. Two decades later, Amleth is now a Viking who raids Slavic villages. He soon meets a seeress who reminds him of his vow — save his mother, kill his uncle, avenge his father.
After his father, the King (Ethan Hawke), is murdered by his brother (Claes Bang), a Viking prince named Amleth escapes his kingdom, vowing to return and take revenge. Years later, the now hulking Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård) discovers his murderous uncle lost his kingdom and is now a feudal lord. Amleth poses as a slave to take his revenge but must decide what to do about his mother (Nicole Kidman) and young half-brother.
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