Went to watch “The Northman” last evening and the Q&A with filmmaker Robert Eggers after the screening.
The film was one of my most anticipated films of the year, and I’m very glad to say that Robert Eggers has never let his fans down. This is a very violent and culturally rich Viking epic that reminds audiences filmmaking can still be bold and transcendent, which are the visions modern blockbuster often missing.
The naked sword fight, several visually arresting tracking shots that capture the entire battle sequences, and Björk as a blind Seeress… Eggers creates such an immersive ancient world you’re not able to look away but dive into his chaotic vengeance tale.
The ensemble is outstanding, especially Alexander Skarsgård’s Amleth. You’ll feel his range and hunger for revenge from his expression as well as his broken mind. Being the center of the film, his painful, horrible adventure eventually leads to the endless circle of violence – how vengeance changes the core of humanity, and the choice between love and hatred. As for his fellow cast, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Claes Bang, Ethan Hawke, and Willem Dafoe’s performances are all breathtaking and memorable.
From “The VVitch” to “The Lighthouse” and now “The Northman,” Eggers has proved his capability to deliver every crazy idea he has regardless of the scale and the context. The next great American auteur is born, and as his die hard fan, I cannot believe how lucky I am to be on his rising filmmaking journey.