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Year
2022
Runtime
137 min.
Director
Robert Eggers
Genres
Action, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller, History
Rating *
7.2
Votes *
0
Checks
1,514
Favs
106
Dislikes
9
Favs/checks
7.0% (1:14)
Favs/dislikes
12:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    There are many sources listed for Shakespeare's Hamlet, a couple of them being Scandinavian in origin, and the closest to the play's events being the legend of Amleth, transmitted to us distorted by a Saxon writer, but allegedly based on an Icelandic poem. Robert Eggers' most straightforward feature, The Northman, tries to show us what that original tale might have been like, reinterpreting Hamlet as a Viking Saga, reverse-engineering the play's key source. Like the play, it is a revenge story, and like the play, its supernatural elements are for the most part ambiguous. Shakespeare's Hamlet isn't invoked - Amleth the Berzerker isn't delaying his action from any kind of psychological trait, he's fated to do so only under certain circumstances. So while knowing the story being told - which I realized pretty early on - does "spoil" the basic plot, its surprises remain in interpretation, some deviating substantially from the play to respect the Saga formula. While not exactly a horror film, it's still Eggers, a master of desaturated cinematography and staged gore. This is in fact a very violent film, but it's so immersive that it feels entirely natural to this well-researched world. Still, I'm sure a lot of people walked out of the theater a little dazed. 2 months ago
  2. baraka92's avatar

    baraka92

    Definitely a great spectacle but I can’t help but feel a little bit underwhelmed by how things went in the story. spoiler

    Not as tight as The VVitch or The Lighthouse but still worth a watch on the big screen. Cinema needs more productions like this.
    2 months 1 week ago
  3. Fastkit's avatar

    Fastkit

    Incredible experience! Beautiful cinematography, badass action, trippy, and it’s historically accurate. I don’t know what more you can ask for?! 1 month 1 week ago
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