The Great Saga of the Vikings by Robert Eggers

“I will avenge you, father. I will save you, mother. I will kill you, Vuelnir.”

The mantra constantly pulsing in Amelith’s head, hammering insistently upon the anvil of his mind, accompanies him on the journey of a lifetime: one that marks his ruthless descent into the realm of obsession underworld, into the purgatory of megalomania. Because he It’s still the obsession that Robert Eggers talks about in Northman. Neither the spiritual nor the religious in VVitch, nor the abyss of solitude in the beacon (By the way, find a review of The Witch and a review of The Lighthouse on our pages.) An obsession with death, both murderous and vengeful, is tormenting the soul of the new Eggers movie hero, in Italian cinemas starting April 21. Another great author’s guide For a young but truly determined and competent filmmaker, very close to the themes of his earlier works, yet very far in atmosphere and ambitions. But it is still impressive, like the actions of the indomitable and unstoppable Vikings.

Destiny’s Journey

In collaboration with the Icelandic writer prisonsRobert Eggers also signs a gritty script by polluting myth with history and myth with folklore. It starts from a simple, sometimes semi-scholastic premise, inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

So Northman is the story of Ameth, a very young Viking prince finds himself one day torn from innocence, from his loved ones, and yet from the kingdom that belongs to him by birth. Returning victorious from the war, King Orvandel (Ethan Hawke) was brutally murdered by his brother Vulner, who had long been eager to seize the throne and the magnificent Queen Gudrun (Nicole Kidman), wife of Orvandel and mother of Amelith. Once the massacre is complete, the ruthless uncle orders the murder of his young nephew, who instead manages to escape death and flee to distant lands, swearing eternal hatred and revenge on the one who ruined his life, promising that he will return one day. To save his family from the clutches of the tyrant and recover what is his.

“I will avenge you, father. I will save you, mother. I will kill you, Vuelnir.”

Three phrases became the reason for the life of a hero who, as soon as he grew up, raids like a savage in the land of the Russians, slaughters and plunders with unprecedented ferocity, with anger in his heart and orphan sadness in his eyes. However, when the oracle tells him that it is time to fulfill his destiny, he raises the blade and plunges it into the chest of fate, Amelith realizes it’s time to get his blood back And to defy the worst of fates: infiltrate the kingdom of Fulner as slaves, approach the rapist and consume the desired revenge.

“I will avenge you, father. I will save you, mother. I will kill you, Vuelnir.”

The chant that Aurvandil’s lost son repeats to himself seems to lead to a lost twist, and seems to lead us toward an already-seen and widely-predicted epilogue. Instead Robert Eggers, with his book The Northman manages to undermine most expectations, beginning with Shakespeare’s legend to build a less classical and more complex mosaic, a dark ghostly song drenched in Viking blood and ice, fed by the cold winds in the depths of the North, sprinkled with legendary Norse charm. It is fate, symbols and omens that guide the hand of Amelith, it is the masks of the Pantheon that show him the way, it is the croaking ravens of Odin and the deafening screams of the galloping Valkyries that stir up the soul of this indomitable raging raging.

Vikings according to Egger

Although the above buildings, Northman It is not a fictional film, nor a film entirely depicted in Norse mysticism. Part of the greatness of Eggers’ work lies in being there A film about Scandinavian mythology while remaining true to reality Without necessarily slipping into the imagination.

Eggers tells the suggestions and magic of Scandinavian culture with a dreamlike and symbolic look, but above all with that of a writer who knows he must take a risk. Starting with the prolonged and complex playing time, which is only interspersed from time to time with violent, dirty, raw and putrid motion. Moreover, not all risks represent a winning bet: Not everything is perfect, in Northman’s grand combo design, especially with regard to the bits of history and characters that are somewhat didactic and are telephoned. It’s the price that NorthmanTo be so, he has to pay for himself: Eggers’ third film is the most impressive, massive and ambitious of his projects to land on the big screen, and in taking on the role You must definitely accept concessions (especially in the writing phase) of a film designed to better suit the audience. The result is a work that’s less lustrous and independent than Fitchless experimental and courageous than beacon. But, in the absolute manner, it is no less authoritarian and no less courageous than its predecessors. On the contrary: blunter, bigger, more epic.

For all intents and purposes, Robert Eggers’ epic Northman’s Vikings epic is a unique and defining journey into Norse mythology, a journey of revenge and obsession punctuated by the vibrant rhythms of a soundtrack that is no less impressive than its grandiose theater. A film that is important, precious, deep, that lacks that finishing touch to be comprehensive. But it will remain unforgettable in its author’s film, as the killer nursery rhyme that jogs through the mind of Amelith.

“I will avenge you, father. I will save you, mother. I will kill you, Vuelnir.”

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