Playing in Brazilian cinemas, O Homem do Norte proved to be one of the most awaited productions of recent years, as it is the director’s first adventure. Robert Eggersknown by the acclaimed The Lighthouse and The Witch, in a great production.
With an estimated budget of $90 million, Eggers has managed to bring together a top-notch cast including Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies) and Nicole Kidman (The Undone) in inspired performances, while exploring beautiful landscapes and creating action sequences. brutal.
For those who don’t know, Eggers commented on different opportunities that he was looking for “ultimate vikings movie” in Hollywood.
That is, there was no lack of daring for all involved.
In the plot, Prince Amleth is about to become a man when his uncle murders his father and kidnaps his mother. Two decades later, the young man is now a Viking on a mission to save his mother, kill his uncle and avenge his father.
Starting with the cast, we can say that Skarsgård is increasingly consolidated as one of the big names in the industry, showing not only an impressive physical performance, but also a great versatility in the dramatic factor.
By the way, for those who watched Big Little Lies on HBO, where he works alongside Kidman, this is not surprising.
Oscar-winning actress for ‘The hours‘, by the way, has a participation not as extensive, but very impactful for the narrative as Queen Gudrún.
Despite the focus on Amleth’s journey, Anya Taylor-Joy plays a co-starring role as Olga, a sorceress seeking freedom.
His role is growing in the film, and the chemistry with Skarsgård works well.
Claes Bang (Dracula) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) also deliver excellent contributions, with the former bringing the antagonist Fjölnir to life.
Violence. Is it really as brutal as expected? Well, there are specific sequels that go that far, but I don’t think it’s prohibitive enough to live up to the +18 age rating. We’ve had other examples of movies as violent as just reaching +16.
This time, the decision appears to have been made due to more intimate scenes involving Taylor-Joy and Skarsgård himself.
Anyway, there’s a lot of blood, yes, and life-and-death battles with limbs torn off and all that was to be expected.
So here you ask the million dollar question: What about Norse Mythology?
Yes, there is a big focus on Norse Mythology as expected. Get ready for several mentions of Odin, Valhalla, and the Valkyries. At the same time, if you are aware of the director’s previous works, especially O Farol, you know that there is a certain “peculiarity” in exploring this type of theme.
Another factor to be highlighted is the sound mixing, which will certainly appear in next year’s Oscar nominations (otherwise it would be a huge absurdity). You can feel the weight of each blow, in addition to the intensity and life brought in each scenario.
Unfortunately, the editing didn’t please me that much, and a specific choice of director ends up hurting the pacing a little, especially as you approach the climax, when you expect more direct and break-free resolutions.
It opens a small question if the duration shouldn’t have been a little longer, and not just 2 hours and 20 minutes.
In cinematography, Eggers re-edited the successful partnership between O Farol and Jarin Blaschkebut I don’t consider it a really inspiring work by the duo.
Still, there are truly fantastic settings, especially in icy Iceland, both in natural beauty and in hostility. This, however, is a little overshadowed due to the excess of night sequences (in specific parts, it is even difficult to see certain elements on the screen).
The Man in the North manages to bring a satisfying experience to both fans of Eggers’ filmography and audiences looking for an epic with a brutal revenge story, receiving familiar elements of Norse mythology as a bonus.
Even though it was well done in general, there is a feeling that the maximum potential (especially in the third act) would only be reached if Eggers had more experience with large productions.