The Northman (2022)

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The Northman (2022)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy
7.283 / 10
Release Date
07 April 2022
2 : 17 minutes
Spoken Language
English, Íslenska
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's on a mission to save his mother, kill his uncle and avenge his father.

Cast Overview :

by: Alexander Skarsgård
Queen Gudrún
by: Nicole Kidman
Fjölnir The Brotherless
by: Claes Bang
King Aurvandil War-Raven
by: Ethan Hawke
Olga of the Birch Forest
by: Anya Taylor-Joy
Thórir The Proud
by: Gustav Lindh
by: Elliott Rose
Heimir The Fool
by: Willem Dafoe
Hallgrímr Half-Troll
by: Phill Martin
Finnr The Nose-Stub
by: Eldar Skar
Áshildur Hofgythja
by: Olwen Fouéré
Hersveinn Battle-Hard
by: Edgar Abram
Hjalti Battle Hasty
by: Jack Gassmann
by: Ingvar Sigurdsson
Young Amleth
by: Oscar Novak
Hallur Freymundur
by: Jack Walsh
by: Björk
The Mound Dweller
by: Ian Whyte
Shield Maiden
by: Katie Pattinson
Halldóra The Pict
by: Kate Dickie
Helga The Nanny
by: Andrea O’Neill
Halla The Maiden
by: Rebecca Ineson
by: Ísadóra Bjarkardóttir Barney
Völundur The Smith
by: Kevin Horsham
Audunn The Irish
by: Seamus O'Hara
Grímr Skull-Hammer
by: Scott Sinclair
Eiríkr Blaze-Eye
by: Tadhg Murphy
Hrólfur Split-Lip
by: James Yates
Thórfinnr Tooth-Gnasher
by: Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
Thórvaldr Giant-Crusher
by: Ian Gerard Whyte
Captain Volodymyr
by: Ralph Ineson
Hákon Iron-Beard
by: Murray McArthur
Gunnhildr Ship-Breasted
by: Nille Glæsel
by: Jonas Lorentzen
Berserker Priest
by: Magne Osnes
by: Ineta Sliuzaite
Fisherman’s Son
by: Finn Lafferty
Standard Bearer
by: Jon Campling
by: Helen Roche
Hird Officer
by: Gareth Parker
by: Faoileann Cunningham
Hallucinating Guard
by: Mark Fitzgerald
Burly Guard
by: Gavin Peden
Fengr Shield-Biter
by: Joel Hicks
Grani Battle-Screamer
by: Chris Finlayson
Ketill The Whale Sided
by: Eric Higgins
Ragnar Cold-Mouthed
by: Matt Symonds
by: Luca Evans
by: James Harper-Jones
by: Thomas Harper-Jones
by: Sheila Fitton
The Maiden King
by: Lily Bird

Member Reviews :

First things first - there is virtually nothing original with the plot here. A young prince "Amleth" (Oscar Novak who later morphs into an effective Alexander Skarsgård) witnesses the murder of his father "King Aurvandil" (Ethan Hawke) and the capture of his mother "Gudrún" (Nicole Kidman) by his treacherous uncle "Fjölnir" (Claes Bang). Lucky to escape with his life, he escapes to the land of the Rus where he is soon a capable and powerful warrior. When he learns that the traitor was, himself, deposed and now lives in the inhospitable Iceland, he decides to impersonate one of a group of slaves being sent to his farm so as to wreak his revenge. There are a few twists to the otherwise largely predictable plot - he meets the enigmatic "Olga" (Anya Taylor-Joy) and comes into possession of a deadly sword that can only be drawn at night; but what really makes this stand out is the gritty, dark and enthralling production. The headlines actors actually feature pretty sparingly, though we get a little more Kidman towards the end, and that's no bad thing. It leaves us to enjoy a storyline that draws heavily on the compelling Norse mythology. Not just of Odin, Freya, Valhallah and the like, but of the whole cult of nature; of animalistic behaviour amongst man and beast alike. It draws on a symbiotic relationship with the environment that tests the faith of pagan and Christian alike. It is brutal, but somehow not gratuitous. That's how man treated man; women were little better than breeding chattels and children were even further down the food chain. Robert Eggers has put much more meat on the bones than almost any similar depiction from this hugely rich and enthralling vein of mythology that mixes fact, fiction, fantasy, mysticism and fear very well. It's 2¼ of well paced adventure that looks stunning on a big screen and is well worth a watch there before it loses much of it's grand scale potency on a telly.
It took me a little while to get into it, but by its conclusion 'The Northman' had fully entertained me. Great film! First and foremost, I'm delighted that I did indeed enjoy this film as my only previous experience of director Robert Eggers was the - in my opinion, and apparently my opinion only! - severely unsatisfying 'The Lighthouse'. It's unmistakable that this 2022 flick is made by the same person, but happily the outcome is far greater. The cast are top notch. Alexander Skarsgård and Anya Taylor-Joy are the two standouts, the latter of which is doing big things lately; she is excellent in the most recent season of television show 'Peaky Blinders', fwiw. Claes Bang, Ethan Hawke and Nicole Kidman are all very good. Willem Dafoe too, naturally. The story is super absorbing, even early on when I was a tad unsure I was still very invested in what was happening onscreen. The dialogue is a big reason for that, as is the thumping score. At times it can feel like it might become too talky and full of itself in regards to its own mythology and all that, though thankfully it never strays into those realms. It also delivers plenty of action, alongside some good ol' violence as well - the ending is quality in that regard, among other reasons too. Go watch!
_The Northman_ is a bloody and ferocious battle cry of a revenge film. The action is brutal and the performances are extraordinary. This is Robert Eggers at his most savage and masterful. Full review:
  Chris Sawin
I was expecting more from this movie, but it turned out to be a big disappointment. First of all Vikings in this movie were represented more like an animals, acting like a rabid animals rather than humans and Vikings we have seen in popular TV shows, but the reason why I'm giving such a low score to this movie is simple - boredom. Character development was poor. I didn't care for any of them. Story was a typical vengeance story, nothing special or unique and the movie itself was very slow, lacking action and I almost fell a sleep. At first it seemed a realistic movie, but then they started putting supernatural things, so it wasn't realistic, but wasn't a typical unrealistic movie (like Marvel and DC) either. It was just a poor attempt of mixed jumble. It's sad to see such a great actors wasted in this boring movie, but even they couldn't save it if script was so poorly written and executed.
It's was a terrible movie
Visually arresting with great sound design and respectable production design has its moments (many downright bizarre), the film also features good performances from Alexander Skarsgard and Anya Taylor-Joy, however I wasn't fully immersed with the story but that has more to do with having little interest in Viking-centric stories. That said, it's worth one watch at least. **3.0/5**