The Northman Early Reactions Hails Eggers’ Film as Brutal and Spectacular


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.


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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:

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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