Early reactions to Robert Eggers’ new movie The Northman have hit social media, promising that audiences are ready for a wild ride with the Viking movie.
The first set of reactions to Robert Eggers The man from the north are there, and they couldn’t be much better. The man from the north is Eggers’ latest release, and his third outing as a feature film director following the success of The witch and Lighthouse. The film, which is a loose Viking-based adaptation of Hamlet, follows Alexander Skarsgård as Amleth, a man he seeks revenge for the death of his father. The film is slated for an April 22 US release date.
The Northman’The cast is filled with actors who have worked with Eggers before, as well as newcomers. Supporting Skarsgård is a string of A-listers including Ethan Hawke, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy and Willem Dafoe, while others like Claes Bang, Björk and Kate Dickie round out the cast. The film appears to be an important departure for Eggers, moving away from horror and towards a bigger-budget, larger-scale project. Previous The man from the north the trailers, along with Eggers’ own commentary, promised to deliver wild action and excitement, backed by historical accuracy and the director’s attention to detail.
Now the first reactions have arrived for The man from the north on social media, and they are sure to excite the public. The film was met with an overwhelmingly positive response, with the critical consensus agreeing that the film lives up to its epic scope, with excellent performances from the cast, and Skarsgård in particular. The reactions also highlighted the film’s visuals and visceral brutality, while suggesting that The man from the north remains accessible despite its deep immersion in Viking mythology. Check out a selection of reactions to the film below:
#TheNorthman is vicious and ruthlessly good. It’s a pretty amazing achievement.
Alexander Skarsgård is crazy for this performance. The man turns into an animal.
Robert Eggers offers violent, captivating and unforgettable levels of immersion. Really well done. pic.twitter.com/9cZHb1BdVy
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) April 5, 2022
by Robert Egger #TheNorthman is visceral and super piercing. You certainly won’t be able to take your eyes off this blood-soaked tale of revenge. Alexander Skarsgård is a BEAST and ferocious through and through. Nicole Kidman has a few scenes that floored me. Daring & diabolical pic.twitter.com/9DMX3Mm4sq
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 5, 2022
#TheNorthman is BRUTAL. Skarsgård oozes revenge-fueled ferocity from start to finish. I loved the choice of capturing so much – action and dialogue heavy beats – in one shot. Lets the outstanding cast shine through and ensures you feel every ounce of passion and aggression in this film. pic.twitter.com/7nC2kfAUGo
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) April 5, 2022
The Northman: Robert Eggers made his Gladiator. A satisfying and emotional revenge epic that kept me guessing and engaging with its beautiful language, mythology and cinematography. Smaller than the trailers seem, but still powerful and moving. The final battle is 🔥🔥🔥. pic.twitter.com/VKQK3GSTzb
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 5, 2022
THE NORTHMAN fucking rocks, you guys. Naked battles. The intestines are overflowing. Weird mysticism that looks like what I guess drugs look like? Skarsgård becomes FULL animal. Claes Bang being a hot usurper. Mud. Blood. Björk being scary. Firelight and some HAYMAKER fight scenes. GDR
— Jordan Crucchiola (@JorCru) April 5, 2022
The Northman is spectacular. It’s surprisingly Eggers’ most accessible film, yet no less immersive in its authentic feel. It’s a gripping revenge story that keeps its hand around your throat and visually stunning. Made me whisper “Holy shit!” several times. #TheNorthman pic.twitter.com/5VDbxIqU0s
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) April 5, 2022
I’ve been a huge Robert Eggers fan for years, but THE NORTHMAN is truly his masterpiece. Brutal, fearless and daring, it feels like the kind of cinematic epic we don’t see very often anymore. It is a fierce and breathtaking work of art and the rules of Alexander Skarsgård. #TheNorthman pic.twitter.com/Cs8Zgbktuc
— Heather Wixson (@MMEFXBook in 10/20!) (@thehorrorchick) April 5, 2022
I was thrilled to fully immerse myself in the blood and lava flows of THE NORTHMAN last night. Robert Eggers’ Viking revenge epic is beautifully realized on a huge canvas, but still has all the meticulous craftsmanship and wild imagination of his earlier films. Watch it on the biggest screen. pic.twitter.com/1bZGmjnQ7m
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) April 6, 2022
While Eggers is considered one of the finest authors in contemporary cinema, his films once struggled to win over mainstream audiences due to their often unsettling tone and unique style. The first response to The man from the north, however, indicates that the film has a decent chance of overcoming this hurdle and achieving mainstream success thanks to its accessibility and relatively simple plot. With its larger budget and strong reception, the film could become Eggers’ first real box office hit, tapping into the same vein that made films like Gladiator and Brave Heart such commercial success.
The man from the north was already one of the most anticipated films of the year, with fans of Eggers’ previous work eager to see what the director might do with a larger project. The first response indicates that the director has delivered a film that begs to be seen, and if The man from the north is a commercial success, it could be the start of the director’s journey into larger-scale cinema. However, box office results are still unpredictable and have yet to rebound to consistent pre-pandemic levels, meaning that despite the fantastic critical reception, The man from the north still has a challenge in meeting its business expectations.
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- The Man from the North (2022)Release date: April 22, 2022
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