Early buzz for The Northman hails it as epic

Apr 6, 2022 | Film & TV

First reactions to The Northman are hitting social media from critics who have seen the Viking revenge epic directed by Robert Eggers. A review embargo is still in place, but social posts are appearing by those critics.

The Northman stars Alexander Skarsgård as Amleth and depicts his quest to ‘Avenge father. Save mother. Kill Fjölnir’. Eggers two previous movies are the meticulously detailed arthouse hits, The Witch and The Lighthouse. His third movie is being hailed as every bit as ambitious, but with a much heftier budget ($90m) he has crafted an epic blockbuster true to his arthouse roots.

Here is the trailer

The Northman is set in Iceland at the end of the tenth century, right in the middle of the time of the great Icelandic Sagas, prose narratives that give an amazing insight into the lives and beliefs of the early Scandinavian settlers in Iceland. The story is a revenge drama surrounding a Norse prince, Amleth, played by Skarsgård. His father the king (Ethan Hawke ) is murdered by his Uncle Fjölnir, played by Claes Bang. That in itself is a perfect plot for a story of this nature, but this is a Robert Eggers film so it will undoubtedly get far more metaphysical and supernatural.

Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, and Björk all make an appearance in what is squaring up to be one of the must see movies of the year.

The Northman opens in the UK on 22 April



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