Paul of Eleventy8 picked The Northman to review this week. Paul is deeply engrossed in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, watched every Viking episode of Time Team, loved Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok and can’t get enough of his Danheim playlist on Apple Music. Praise Odin! Skål!
The Northman is a 2022 American epic historical film directed by Robert Eggers, who co-wrote the screenplay with Sjón. Based on the legend of Amleth, the film stars co-producer Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe. The plot follows Amleth, a Viking prince who sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of his father.
Skarsgård had wanted to make a Viking film for several years, and Eggers decided to make the film his third project after the pair met to discuss possible collaborations. Much of the cast joined in October 2019, and filming took place in locations throughout Northern Ireland and Iceland from August to December 2020.
The Northman had its world premiere in Stockholm at Rigoletto Cinema on March 28, 2022. It began theatrical release in some countries on April 13, 2022, and was released theatrically in the United States on April 22. The film received critical acclaim, with particular praise aimed at its direction, production values, and the performances of the cast. The Northman underperformed at the box office, grossing $66 million worldwide against its $70–90 million production budget, even though the film over performed on the VOD market.