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My Review of "The Northman"

by Brian Anonymous 2 months ago in review
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Wow this is one heck of a revenge movie. You'll have to be into imagery and symbolism to get this though.

The Northman is a much discussed revenge movie that had come out in 2022. It seems as though this is a very polarized movie. You either love it or you hate it. Fortunately I'm in the love it category and I'll get to why. I can also see the other side of the coin though.

This movie starts off innocently enough by letting us know that this is based in Viking times. We have the king coming back from a prosperous adventure. There is a beautiful reception for his return. The queen and his son Amleth are excited to see him and there's a huge party for the occassion.

I love how the conversation goes as there's a ton of foreshadowing throughout the first scenes of the movie. They really prophesize what's going to happen later on in the movie. It made me wonder why am I so invested to see how it actually happens.

Anyways, there is a murder of the king that puts young Amleth on the run. With Amleth's upbringing he's been taught that his lineage is important and so it's been instilled into him that he has to enact revenge on the kings murder.

Years later Amleth is fully grown and a very seasoned fighter. He hasn't forgotten his oath to his father and devises a plan to take his sweet revenge on his enemies.

All of this is presented out with tons of beautiful set pieces. In fact the art direction of this movie is impeccable from the wardrobe to the color grading of the movie. There are tons of scenes in this movie that will take your breathe away.

A lot of the drama is further drawn through symmetry of the scene layouts and the careful pull of color. Seeing as most of the movie is based in darkness a lot of the movie is devoid of color but when they let some light in it's very dramatic.

There are also a lot of dream like sequences to talk about Amleth's lineage and the mystical elements that are involved with this movie. Yes this movie gets into some mysticism. I'm not sure if these are based on real religions or not but it gives this movie a much fantastical feel. It's as if we're watching some sort of old tale being told by an actual Viking.

To top off the ensemble we have a pretty great cast to help out the story. They're all big names in Hollywood and do a great job. My only gripe about the cast is that I felt Alexander Skarsgård kind of went in and out of his accent quite a bit. It was a little off-putting at times since everyone else was so committed. Then again he doesn't have many lines in the movie.

The reason why some people might not like this movie is because of its length. It's not afraid to take their time to wait out on scenes to let us the audience absorb what is going on. They kind of need to do this because the set pieces are so beautiful that you kind of want to look around the scene to see what's around before actually taking in what's going on in the scene.

Although there are some slower scenes, when the action hits it is visceral. You'll feel how brutal and ferocious the fights were back in the day. It can be quite disgusting at times but that's what we're kind of looking for in a revenge film too though.

Overall, I had a great time with this movie. I thought the pacing was well done despite everyone's reservations about it. It really is a visual tour de force if you want a ton of eye candy to your movie. This is why I have to give this movie an 8.5 out of 10. I will definitely be revisiting this movie over and over again.

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Brian Anonymous

I have tons of opinions that change constantly. I watch a lot of movies and play video games. There are some articles on my struggles with languages and dance as well.

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