“The Northman” is a wild tale of Viking folklore
If you like brawling and gory brutality, head to “The Northman”, Robert Eggers’ intense Nordic nightmare. Eggers’ previous films – ‘The Witch’ (2015) and ‘The Lighthouse’ (2019) – have blurred the line between fantasy and reality, so it’s no surprise this Viking revenge saga follows suit. .
Written in collaboration with Icelandic author Sjon (“Lamb,” “Dancer in the Dark”), it begins as 10-year-old Prince Amleth (Oscar Novak) runs to tell his mother, Queen Gudrun (Nicole Kidman ) that King Aurvandill (Ethan Hawke) has returned.