The first viewers of Robert Eggers’ Viking film, The Northman, have given their opinions. Big success in perspective?
Much awaited by the public, the next film by Robert Eggers promises to be epic. The filmmaker has already managed to make a name for himself in Hollywood with only two films to his credit, the dark and intriguing The Witch and The Lighthouse, and returns with a very ambitious project: a Viking film. Judging by the trailer, The Northman could be the first big event of the cinema year.
Brutal, immersive, reviews of the vikings film are very upbeat, even Alfonso Cuarón was blown away by the film. Still subject to the critical embargo, the press cannot yet elaborate on its opinion, but critics who were lucky enough to discover the film in screening were able to shower the film with praise on Twitter. We have therefore grouped together several tweets representative of the general opinion, very very positive.
One thing is certain: it will hurt!
#TheNorthman is BRUTAL. Skarsgard is oozing w/ revenge-fueled ferocity from start to finish. Loved the choice to capture so much — action & dialogue-heavy beats — in one shot. Lets the exceptional cast shine & ensures you feel every ounce of this movie’s passion & aggression. pic.twitter.com/7nC2kfAUGo
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) April 5, 2022
“The Northman is BRUTAL. Skarsgård oozes revenge-fueled ferocity from start to finish. I loved the choice to capture so much action and heavy dialogue in a single shot. The outstanding cast shines and lets you feel every ounce of the film’s passion and aggression. » Perri Nemiroff – Collider
Robert Eggers’ #TheNorthman is hauntingly visceral & super transfixing. You definitely won’t be able to take your eyes off this blood-soaked revenge tale. Alexander Skarsgård is a BEAST & ferocious throughout. Nicole Kidman has a couple scenes that floored me. Daring & devilish pic.twitter.com/9DMX3Mm4sq
—Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 5, 2022
“The Northman by Robert Eggers is visceral and absolutely petrifying. You won’t be able to take your eyes off this blood-soaked tale of revenge. Alexander Skarsgård is a fierce BEAST from start to finish. I was floored by several scenes of Nicole Kidman. Bold and diabolical. » Erik Davis – Fandango
The Northman is spectacular. It’s surprisingly Eggers’ most accessible film, but no less immersive in its authentic feel. It’s a gripping revenge story that keeps its hand around your throat & visually stunning. Compelled me to whisper “holy shit!” several times. #TheNorthman pic.twitter.com/5VDbxIqU0s
—Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) April 5, 2022
“The Northman is spectacular. It’s surprisingly Eggers’ most accessible film, yet no less immersive and authentic. It’s a gripping revenge story that keeps its hand around your throat and is visually stunning. I have several times been forced to whisper “oh damn!”. » Eric Eisenberg – CinemaBlend
Alexander Skarsgård on his way to petrify the spectators
THE NORTHMAN is exactly what you’d expect from a $90 million Viking revenge film by Robert Eggers. Brutal & dazzling with a vast attention to detail. Story is pretty straightforward & slow early on but I was still in awe of its spectacle. Alexander Skarsgard is an absolute beast. pic.twitter.com/eTJlWGNeRe
— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) April 5, 2022
“The Northman is exactly what you would expect from a $90 million budget Viking revenge film directed by Robert Eggers. Brutal and dazzling with great attention to detail. The story is quite simple and takes a while to get started, but I was always left speechless at this show. Alexander Skarsgård is an absolute monster. » Matt Neglia – Next Best Picture
It’s a crying shame that THE NORTHMAN has been so criminally mishandled because it’s precisely what blockbuster cinema should aspire to, and still has the potential to be. Formally audacious but welcoming; easy to follow but not, simply, a guided tour. Five big ‘ol stars. Bjork! pic.twitter.com/vXpDLOrU7b
—Jack King (@jackarking) April 5, 2022
“It’s a shame that The Northman has been so poorly managed [le réalisateur s’est plaint de la trop grande implication d’Universal au moment du montage, ndlr] because that’s exactly what blockbusters should look like, and what they always have the opportunity to look like. Formally bold, yet welcoming; easy to follow, but not a simple overview. Five big stars. Bjork! » Jack King
#TheNorthman is Robert Eggers’ best film yet. Stunning cinematography sets the scene for the perfect merger of otherworldly Norse mythology with the brutal reality of Viking history. Bloodthirsty. Powerful. Spiritual. @TheNorthmanFilm is a magnificent and epic saga for the ages. pic.twitter.com/hSa1S0Mc3Z
—Maggie Lovitt???? SWC (@maggieofthetown) April 5, 2022
“The Northman is Robert Eggers’ best film so far. The stunning cinematography sets the scene for the perfect fusion of otherworldly Norse mythology and the brutal reality of Viking history. Bloodthirsty. Powerful. Witty. The Northman is the magnificent and epic saga of the century. » Maggie Lovitt – Collider
Immerse yourself in Norse mythology with blockbuster sauce
A bit of a lazy shorthand maybe, but #TheNorthman is basically Robert Eggers’ answer to 300. Violent, visceral, weird and at times staggeringly beautiful, it’s a tremendous action movie mixed in with some truly haunting moments. Skarsgard is an absolute beast. pic.twitter.com/78V1AC5xTT
— Rory Cashin (@roarEcashin) April 5, 2022
“A bit of a lazy shorthand perhaps, but The Northman is essentially Robert Eggers’ answer to 300. Violent, visceral, eerie and at times stunningly beautiful, it’s a huge action movie that comes to mix with scenes that really bewitching. Skarsgard is an absolute beast. » Rory Cashin – JOE.ie
The Northman: Robert Eggers has made his Gladiator. A satisfying, emotional revenge epic that kept me guessing and engaged with its beautiful language, mythology, and cinematography. Smaller than the trailers make it seem but still powerful and moving. The final battle is ????????????. pic.twitter.com/VKQK3GSTzb
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 5, 2022
“The Northman: Robert Eggers made his Gladiator. A fun and emotional revenge epic that kept me hooked with its beautiful language, mythology and cinematography. Less grandiose than the trailers suggest, but still powerful and moving. The final battle is crazy. » Germain Lussier – io9
Watching Robert Eggers’ Viking revenge epic THE NORTHMAN, I often alternated btw clapping & squeaking. Stunning choreography, gruesome in ways I still can’t fully believe. Not w/o its setbacks but it’s the kind of film whose existence feels like a miracle today. & I’ll take it.
— Tomris Laffly (@TomiLaffly) April 5, 2022
“While watching Robert Eggers’ Viking revenge epic The Northman, I often alternated between clapping and squealing. Stunning and repulsive choreography in a way that I still can’t fully accept. Not without its setbacks, it’s the kind of film whose existence is likened to a miracle today, so I’m taking it. »Tomris Laffly – Variety
A fiery epic
Three words keep coming back: brutal, visceral and spectacular. English-speaking critics agree that the film is a cinematic experience like few others. The Northman is seemingly as immersive as it is loaded with spirituality and mythology. Despite some mixed opinions on the story, which would be quite banal, a son who wants to avenge his father, the breathtaking cinematography seems to take over and make us forget the beginning (or even the unfolding) of a film that is perhaps too classic.
If the performances of Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe and Ethan Hawke were not commented on in these tweets, that of Nicole Kidman is applauded for its intensity and all the critics unite around one point: Alexander Skarsgård delivers a horror performance full of fury. Judging by these opinions, the battle scenes are very successful and the film manages to make the viewer feel all the intensity that emanates from them. The Northman Will it be Robert Eggers’ best film? Answer on May 11, 2022 in French theaters.