Kyle Lybeck's Literary Lair For a quick recap of his past movies, I have covered both The Witch and The Lighthouse by Robert Eggers at the Horror Drive-In here: Dual Movie Review: The Witch and The Lighthouse | Horror Drive-In

I did it, folks. I dove back in for a third go-round with Robert Eggers. In his new movie, The Northman, Robert delivers us a cinematically stunning tale of a young Viking prince who sees his father come back from battle, bruised and beaten, possibly worse than he's initially letting on. His spirits though, are high in knowing that he is about to pass the torch to his son, Amieth, to carry on in his footsteps for the sake of his people, and the kingdom. When all goes awry and the king is betrayed, Amieth must chart his own path in how he will become the rightful heir, even if it costs him everything and it takes his whole life.

As I previously stated, this movie is stunning in the visuals. This is one thing that definitely keeps me coming back to his movies, and I hope continues on for future works. While a little slow, the movie still kept at a pace that didn't feel to drag on, and at the 2 hour 17 minute runtime, felt just right for the story he set out to tell. The acting is very well done, Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Anya Taylor-Joy all put in wonderful performances. In the end, I would give this one a B+, sneaking it right in-between my ratings on his other two movies. And, all that being said, I want to reiterate the title of this review, that Eggers finally did it! He ended the movie correctly and didn't take an extra five minutes to do something weird that felt off-putting. Very happy with that.

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