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Vikings epic ‘The Northman’ gets rave early reviews, critics praise it as Robert Eggers best movie

Vikings epic ‘The Northman’ gets rave early reviews, critics praise it as Robert Eggers best movie

2022’s most anticipated summer titles definitely include Robert Eggers‘s historical Vikings drama, The Northman. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that journalists are raving over the film after last night’s premiere in London. The movie centers on Alexander Skargård’s Amleth, a Viking prince turned berserker, on a mission to seek revenge against his Uncle Fjolnir, who killed his father King Horwendil and kidnapped his mother.

The Northman is unlike Eggers’ past critical acclaimed titles namely Lighthouse and The Witch. For starters, the movie falls under the director’s first big title in Hollywood made from a $90 million budget. Furthermore, it also features a roster of A-listers with Nicole Kidman playing Queen Gudrún, Willem Dafoe as Heimir the Fool and Ethan Hawke as King Horwendil, Amleth’s father.

The Northman has been Egger’s long-planned project, initially pulled in to make a Nordic-based flick by Skargård’s obsession over Viking culture. Nonetheless, the director’s enthusiasm seems to have paid off as early reviews are praising the film as his best by far. Some are even calling it a “masterpiece” and hailing it for its impressive accuracy based on a Vikings tale. Readers can check out reactions below.

Some even spoke high of Kidman’s performance in The Northman

Eggers fans were initially concerned over the news of studio interference. In fact, the film received poor scores during its test screening due to its realism of Nordic accents and slow pacing, which resulted in the studio asking to re-cut the movie. A process the director described as very painful.

“Frankly, I don’t think I will do it again,” he said. “Even if it means, like, not making a film this big ever again. And, by the way, I’d like to make a film this big. I’d like to make one even bigger. But, without control, I don’t know. It’s too hard on my person.”

The Northman is based on a Norse legend that inspired William Shakespeare’s hamlet. It’s a 12th-century Danish author Saxo Grammaticus’s tale of Prince Amleth of Jutland.

The Northman arrives in theatres on April 22, 2022.

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