Veltigar Posted May 4, 2022 Share Posted May 4, 2022 I actually saw The Northman a second time for a work event. Didn't change my opinion at all. I only noticed more stuff that bothered me. Almost everyone hated it, so our HR department was a little bit embarrassed. I told them they couldn't have known really. Promising director, great cast and amazing critics score what more would you need to base a decision on. 12 hours ago, IFR said: It was hard to take any of the drama seriously because the Vikings as a people were utterly silly with their customs and rituals. Most of what we see in the film was rooted in either historical record, archeological evidence or other saga's though. I read that the only pure invention was the initiation ritual from the beginning of the film, but everything else you see is based on something elsewhere. For example Spoiler The Walkure who seemingly has braces, that's actually based on archeological evidence where some remains were found with horizontal lines etched in their teeth as a form of decoration. Amleth catching a scene in mid-air and throwing it back is based on an incident from another saga Decapitating the wraith and placing his head on his butt was also apparently part of the accepted lore amongst Vikings on how to handle these incidents. 12 hours ago, IFR said: But the movie was pretty enjoyable, albeit weirdly structured. The most fun was the revenge Edmond Dantes portion, but I don't know how I feel about the final confrontation. I liked it, but probably not for the reasons the director was aiming for. It was hilarious, like watching an Ed Wood/Tommy Wiseau movie. Oh, I hated that part the most. It didn't make any sense whatsoever in that part, they just threw things like logic and consistency out of the window to make that work. I understand the Tommy Wiseau feel of the final fight unfortunately. 12 hours ago, dbunting said: I also watched The Northman this weekend, thought it was a big screen movie, where that format would aid in the experience. Yeah, no. I didn't like basically any of this movie except for some visuals. There are plenty of stand alone episodes of VIkings that I think were better than this and for way way less money. Definitely agree on the comparison to Vikings bit, but I do think it was a great theatrical experience. The best thing about it is its evocation of the Viking era and the great cinematography (until the very final fight that is) is a big contributor to that. The big screen helps to overpower you. Add to that the booming sound system pumping out VALLHÖLL and it was much more impactful I think than what it would have been at home. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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