THE NORTHMAN (Robert Eggers, 2022) -- Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Björk, Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe...

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And cowritten by Sjón so yes please.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMSdFM12hOw

Ned Raggett, Monday, 20 December 2021 16:08 (two years ago) link

Not my usual thing, but the people involved make all the difference.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Monday, 20 December 2021 16:49 (two years ago) link

I'm totally up for this and wasn't a fan of The Lighthouse

calzino, Monday, 20 December 2021 17:00 (two years ago) link

I was a fan of The Lighthouse and I am totally up for this.

ma dmac's fury road (PBKR), Monday, 20 December 2021 17:04 (two years ago) link

I was a fan of the farting in The Lighthouse and hope that there's more in this.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Monday, 20 December 2021 17:11 (two years ago) link

I think the popularity of the long running Ragnor Lothbrook and chums tv series in recent years probably bodes well for this one commercially. Yeah psyched for some farting!

calzino, Monday, 20 December 2021 17:20 (two years ago) link

As suggested by one of our own

I'm honestly pumped for #thenorthman movie because I love it when film-makers re-engage with the Gesta Danorum sources for "Hamlet"; this was attempted in 1994 as "THE PRINCE OF JUTLAND" (aka "ROYAL DECEIT"). If you don't know that movie, check it out: https://t.co/R4JzfNkJlH

— DREW DANIEL (@DDDrewDaniel) December 20, 2021

Ned Raggett, Monday, 20 December 2021 17:23 (two years ago) link

I saw one version of this trailer in the narrow boxy aspect ratio of The Lighthouse and was worried for a minute, but it looks like it will be properly wide.

Everybody Loves Ramen (WmC), Monday, 20 December 2021 22:37 (two years ago) link

hasn't been a decent viking movie since Valhalla Rising in 2009 so count me in

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 20 December 2021 23:19 (two years ago) link

yeah I really that one as well

calzino, Monday, 20 December 2021 23:20 (two years ago) link

*love*

calzino, Monday, 20 December 2021 23:21 (two years ago) link

I loved The Witch and The Lighthouse. The bombastic music and MCU quality of that trailer does not make me hopeful

Dan S, Monday, 20 December 2021 23:27 (two years ago) link

*don't

Dan S, Monday, 20 December 2021 23:37 (two years ago) link

Wait is Björk cast as an eyeless shaman? Hmmm

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 20 December 2021 23:53 (two years ago) link

I liked The VVitch a lot, never saw The Lighthouse. Agree with the Valhalla Rising love. Will definitely check this out once it hits Amazon. I don't go to theaters anymore.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 21 December 2021 00:19 (two years ago) link

The Lighthouse is memorable

Dan S, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 00:38 (two years ago) link

just wonder if this going to be another film that feels like Chloé Zhao going from Nomadland to The Eternals, hope not

Dan S, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 00:49 (two years ago) link

I like what my podcast cohost Oriana said: "the trailer is interesting, feels like Focus was given a mandate to market it as your kind of standard Viking movie when you just know it’s going to be so much weirder"

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 00:55 (two years ago) link

the revenge mantra got me thinking of Inigo Montoya lol

Roz, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 01:07 (two years ago) link

Can a trailer be so disconnected from the movie that you have no idea from seeing it about the quality of the film? I don't know. A weird Viking movie is something I would really like to see, but this doesn't seem like that from the trailer

Dan S, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 01:25 (two years ago) link

A weird Viking movie is something I would really like to see

That's Valhalla Rising... odd film

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 02:15 (two years ago) link

lol that trailer looks like total shit

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Tuesday, 21 December 2021 02:20 (two years ago) link

I loved The Witch and The Lighthouse.

Why did they leave the lion out and change it a lighthouse? Hollywood, sheesh

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Tuesday, 21 December 2021 03:14 (two years ago) link

the story reminds me of Last Kingdom a bit?
but yeah the heavy leaning on story in the trailer leads me to think this might deliver sonething altogether much weirder

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 21 December 2021 07:09 (two years ago) link

Can a trailer be so disconnected from the movie that you have no idea from seeing it about the quality of the film?

well, the trailer for The VVitch made it seem like a straightforward horror film, but it definitely wasn't quite that lol

Roz, Tuesday, 21 December 2021 08:37 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

I've given up being hopeful about this film

Dan S, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 00:31 (two years ago) link

THE MORTHNAN

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Wednesday, 6 April 2022 01:53 (two years ago) link

"There is always hope."

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 03:26 (two years ago) link

What on earth is Taylor-Joy's accent supposed to be?

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Wednesday, 6 April 2022 12:54 (two years ago) link

i bet this movie rocks

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 April 2022 13:17 (two years ago) link

yeah in the worst case scenario that this is just a dumbass $90m spooky viking movie with bad performances i'd still be pretty fine w/that

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 6 April 2022 13:28 (two years ago) link

i'd like to go on record with my prediction that this will rule

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 6 April 2022 13:28 (two years ago) link

yeah in the worst case scenario that this is just a dumbass $90m spooky viking movie with bad performances and bjork's return to acting i'd still be pretty fine w/that

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Wednesday, 6 April 2022 13:30 (two years ago) link

yeah I'm looking forward to this, hopefully in the theater. Even if I get covid again like I got during Dune

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 19:47 (two years ago) link

I hope cooper Hoffman runs through a scene

calstars, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 20:18 (two years ago) link

just feeling turned off by the idea that the kind of bombastic action-movie music we were presented with in the trailers might be the actual music in this film, in which case I know I won't like it

Dan S, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 02:55 (two years ago) link

from the New Yorker profile on Eggers, I think there's a bit of tension between the studio and him: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/04/04/robert-eggerss-historical-visions-go-mainstream

but it does sound it will be different from the trailer, going by some scene descriptions in the article

fpsa, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 14:42 (two years ago) link

that's a great profile, particularly the stuff about his origins in theater

i would probably prefer to watch a less entertaining version of this movie but i'm glad he at least likes the final cut

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 19:39 (two years ago) link

Found this enjoyable but a little too straightforward and too reliant on cgi. There's a decent twist but it needed more things. Still sad to hear it's flopping so bad.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 00:05 (two years ago) link

My quick review: a 2 1/2 hour Amon Amarth video with different music? Why sure. Thought (to use two different comparison points) The Green Knight and The Lighthouse were better and arguably the entire plot (which, as was already clear, is essentially the root story that Hamlet was eventually created from) is 'boy, toxic masculinity REALLY sucks,' but it didn't drag, Iceland's scenery looks unsurprisingly amazing, the typical Eggers 'what if the supernatural bleeds over into reality juuuust enough' vibe is present. And Bjork's Bjork, one scene plus one brief bit later but she makes the most of it.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 23 April 2022 01:12 (one year ago) link

movie is so dope

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 23 April 2022 22:44 (one year ago) link

Is this a Hollywood movie or an art movie?

calstars, Saturday, 23 April 2022 23:56 (one year ago) link

it is the most straightforward robert eggers movie yet but it is still a slow moving artfully made sword and sorcery epic

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 24 April 2022 02:12 (one year ago) link

I loved this. A marvel to look at too

Deez NFTs (Neanderthal), Monday, 25 April 2022 13:40 (one year ago) link

like The Lighthouse before it I enjoyed it plenty but felt like it was a little empty in the end - i'm not even sure "empty" is the right word, i wouldn't generally use it as a term of critique. i think maybe it's just not quite enough, for reasons i can't nail down

it doesn't drag tho and there's much fun to be had and yeah i appreciate that there's plenty of emphasis on Acting not just stunt work

Number One shlong in Devon (Noodle Vague), Monday, 25 April 2022 14:18 (one year ago) link

i spent a lot of time thinking about Skellige and a little time thinking about Sansho the Bailiff so definitely not complaining

Number One shlong in Devon (Noodle Vague), Monday, 25 April 2022 14:20 (one year ago) link

wonder if they did or could market to the elden ring fanbase

global tetrahedron, Monday, 25 April 2022 15:04 (one year ago) link

I've definitely gotten ads for it on Elden Ring twitch streams, lol.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 25 April 2022 15:14 (one year ago) link

i just want a book of the 'art' of the film.

also so much fire. and blood.

but this is my metal side talking

Deez NFTs (Neanderthal), Monday, 25 April 2022 15:38 (one year ago) link

Headline of the Richard Brody review made me LOL: "Just a Bunch of Research and Gore". Uh, yes please!

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Monday, 25 April 2022 16:17 (one year ago) link

Don't threaten me with a good time

jmm, Monday, 25 April 2022 16:24 (one year ago) link

Saw it yesterday and really enjoyed it... I was even ready to be underwhelmed due to some things I'd read but it was pretty much fault-free to my eyes. As just mentioned, the art direction and set design stuff was pretty amazing. (The shrieking valkyrie is almost worth the ticket price alone.)

Okay, the healing hot springs looked kinda phony but everything else looked awesome

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 25 April 2022 16:25 (one year ago) link

saw this last night, delivered the "b-movie for eggheads" goods as advertised, lotsa fun, glad i saw it on the big screen. sorry this is bombing (my theater was totally empty) but also cant believe anyone was crazy enough to give give eggers $90m for this. honestly for all the talk of the runaway budget i didnt really feel like i saw it all onscreen considering how 85% of the film takes place on a small farm, but i guess all the cgi plus shooting in insanely inhospitable locations really adds up.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 12:36 (one year ago) link

despite all the talk of realism & authenticity its strong on the pulpy EC Comics vibes. the magical tree of kings reminded me of something from sam raimi.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 12:39 (one year ago) link

This was fucking sick. Just a relentless drumbeat of primal bloodlust psychosis. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something so attuned to a rhythm like that.

circa1916, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 03:46 (one year ago) link

haven't seen the film yet, but thought this was in interesting series of tweets (with clips) describing the unusual camera movements

THE NORTHMAN has intensely peculiar camera operation, and I'm surprised it hasn't been brought up more. You've got lots of shots like this, in which the camera seems to be reacting deliberately sluggishly and panning/tilting in a jagged and awkward way. pic.twitter.com/oDtyR7P4Vj

— Devan Scott (@SadHillDevan) May 14, 2022

Dan S, Saturday, 14 May 2022 23:14 (one year ago) link

it was fun enough and not half as annoying as The Lighthouse, but ultimately not really much more interesting than any above average episode of Vikings.

calzino, Sunday, 15 May 2022 00:10 (one year ago) link

I liked Vikings to an extent, but it was ultimately just another big dumb prestige TV drama

Dan S, Sunday, 15 May 2022 00:21 (one year ago) link

Pretty sure that was calz's point

what doesn't kill me makes me Hongroe (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 15 May 2022 00:22 (one year ago) link

but vikings had the BLOOD EAGLE so its not a complete waste :D

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 15 May 2022 00:28 (one year ago) link

I wasn't comparing The Northman to Vikings.

and The Lighthouse was awesome btw

Dan S, Sunday, 15 May 2022 00:29 (one year ago) link

It really wasn't

Adequate maybe. Sound design was nice

what doesn't kill me makes me Hongroe (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 15 May 2022 00:30 (one year ago) link

ok

Dan S, Sunday, 15 May 2022 00:32 (one year ago) link

I don't even know what passes for prestige tv drama these days, but I don't think the creators of Vikings when it started were aiming to compete with Olive Kitteridge in the whatever whatever prestige TV awards! I just thought there was something distinctly slightly above average about about this movie. Which isn't a terrible thing to achieve tbf.

calzino, Sunday, 15 May 2022 00:46 (one year ago) link

anyway Valhalla Rising is still the top viking movie of the modern era!

calzino, Sunday, 15 May 2022 00:56 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Finally got around to this and honestly, I could have skipped it. 2.5 out of 5, tops.

Viking movies, ranked:

1. Valhalla Rising
2. The 13th Warrior
3. Outlander
4. The Northman, I guess

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 25 July 2022 02:21 (one year ago) link

I didnt mind this film, felt the end scene was a bit silly though, reminded me of the Anakin/Obi Wan fight lol.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 25 July 2022 23:32 (one year ago) link

I watched this the other night and enjoyed it more than I expected to, though I agree about the final fight falling flat. (It was also underlit.)

jaymc, Monday, 25 July 2022 23:58 (one year ago) link

I'll probably never get around to watching this, but I've seen the trailer and what I want to know is this: Is Willem Dafoe playing Terry Gilliam's Holy Grail bridgekeeper in this movie?

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 26 July 2022 04:28 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

The Northman: Werner Herzog’s “What’s Opera, Doc?” Good for the first 90 minutes, then suddenly great. Now I understand why it wasn’t a hit. It asks a lot more of the audience than the trailers would lead you to believe.

— Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz) May 16, 2022

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 17 June 2023 02:31 (ten months ago) link

nine months pass...

Watched this last night and am still a bit bewildered. I loved the naked aggression of it and the ritual elements (3-eyed Bjork probably the standout) but something about the pacing was off in the second half I think? It might just be the natural action movie necessity of moving toward the 'end boss' and the end boss fight being a bit lame compared to what's come before. I also wonder if I could have done without the Anya Taylor-Joy subplot, ie make it a pure revenge flick and keep it to a tight 90 minutes. It's incredible that Skarsgård was making this as well as Succession.

I would like to see it again though.

I would prefer not to. (Chinaski), Monday, 1 April 2024 09:50 (three weeks ago) link

Good to see Finchy get a run-out.

I would prefer not to. (Chinaski), Monday, 1 April 2024 09:53 (three weeks ago) link


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