“The Witch” and “The Lighthouse” director Robert Eggers seems to be delivering his next dark cinema highlight with “The Northman” (theatrical release: April 21). The first press reports speak of a brutal, haunting Viking epic.
At the age of 38, Robert Eggers is already one of the most exciting directors of our time – and not just since yesterday. With his two stylish directorial works “The Witch” (2015) and “The Lighthouse” (2019) he inspired audiences and trade press alike. And with “The Northman” (in cinemas from April 21) his next stroke of genius seems to be about to follow. At least that’s what the first critics are promising.
Anyone who has perhaps never heard of Eggers and is now perhaps wondering why we are not a bit surprised by the wave of enthusiasm that is being shown towards his new film would do well to look forward to the forthcoming “The Northman “Theatrical release: “The Witch” is currently available as a subscription to Netflix, you can get “The Lighthouse” for a small thaler as a VOD or, thanks to a 6-for-30-euro campaign, currently also cheap on Blu-ray.
In both cases, you should be prepared for sinister, atmospheric, and bitterly evil genre cinema, which apparently also awaits us in his new film…
Bloody, imposing & intense: A visually stunning revenge epic
After trips to New England in the 1630s and Canada in the 19th century, The Northman goes a long way back in history. It’s the year 895 when Fjölnir (Claes Bang) murders his half-brother, the Viking king Aurvandil (Ethan Hawke) to take his place on the throne. However, Aurvandil’s son Amleth escapes – and many years later (played by Alexander Skarsgård) embarks on a brutal campaign to avenge his father’s death. And he obviously has it all, as the following voices about the film suggest.
Let’s start with opinions from the DashFUN editorial team:
Chris Bumbray from Joblo speaks of a “truly unique journey into madness”, an “absolute masterpiece” and the best historical epic since Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven”:
Erik Davis von describes it as a haunting and “blood-soaked revenge saga”. fandango and Rotten Tomatoes are the movies. He not only praises Alexander Skarsgård and Nicole Kidman but also names The Northman as Egger’s most accessible film to date. And he must be. With production costs of a whopping 90 million dollars, the film has to attract significantly more people than his previous films to the cinemas in order to end up in the black.
Critic Matt Neglia promises a spectacle that is “brutal and stunning” and ultimately everything you’d expect from a $90 million Robert Eggers Vikings film. This is exactly what David Ehrlich emphasizes about Indie Wire with his Twitter post.
Rory Cashin also called The Northman “breathtakingly beautiful,” “brutal,” and an “outstanding action film” that is no less than Robert Eggers’ answer to Zack Snyder’s “300.”
So far there have been practically no negative voices about the film. It remains to be seen whether this will remain the case when the film is officially shown in cinemas. Fortunately, it won’t be too long before you can convince yourself of “The Northman”. The theatrical release is on April 21st.