REVIEW | The Northman (No Spoilers)

What is The Northman you ask? We follow as 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.

No I wouldn’t watch this again, but to be fair it is very cinematic. My fine arts background jumped for joy over some of the cinematography, motifs, and lighting. However, as an average consumer it had too much going on and nothing at all. As if Eggar was so passionate about the subject and just had way too many ideas. It definitely needed to be refined and a lot more explanation needed. It seemed at times things were just thrown in for the heck of it.

I wouldn’t say across the board that everyone will love this film. It is what it is – a viking movie with gore and men being, well, men. It’s not an epic tale like I hoped for and it fell short on plot quickly.

Overall it is visually stunning but the story lacks depth and any kind of structure. The end result is a rushed first draft of what could have been a great well thought out film.