A VIKING’S QUEST FOR REVENGE

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The newest action driven, epic historical drama adventure film, The Northman, released recently, starring Alexander Skarsgard in the lead as Amleth, a Viking prince, who vows to avenge the man who destroyed his family, and follows a plot that shows the prince with clear determination to overcome every obstacle, in his quest for revenge.

The film based on the legend of Amleth, which was inspired by Gesta Danorum, a book by author Saxo Grammaticus, written in the 12th century based on the patriotic work about Danish History during the medieval times, which features ambitious literary content that is considered to be one of the most essential sources of early history in Denmark. This is not the first feature film inspired by Gesta Danorum, in 1967 Hagbard and Signe, also known as The Red Mantle, released as an international drama film.

The film also stars Oscar Novak as Young Amleth, Nicole Kidman as Queen Gudrun, Ethan Hawke as King Aurvandill War-Raven, Claes Bang as Fjolnir the Brotherless, Gustav Lindh as Thorir the Prince, Anya Taylor-Joy as Olga of the Birch Forest, Bjork as Seeress, and Willem Dafoe as Heimir the Fool, alongside several other members of the experienced cast of stars.

The story revolves around young crown Prince, Amleth, who witnesses his father, the king, brutally murdered, by his own uncle, who then appears to kidnap his mother, and take control as the new leader of his kingdom. Amleth who had promised his father earlier that if something were to happen, that he would avenge his father’s death. The story that is easily engaging, fast forwards two decades into the future and shows Amleth as a grown man, suddenly presented with the information about his uncle’s new location and current circumstance.This is when the core story unfolds, with Amleth, determined to avenge his father’s death, no matter what the cost.

The Northman features an insight into Amleth’s life and what drives him, both as a young man and as an adult, as a Viking, who is part of raiding Slavic villages, but his vow to one day “save his mother, kill his uncle and avenge his father” remains stronger than ever. Amleth’s vow is what drives the film, from the time his father dies, to the time the film ends, it resonates in everything he does.

The 137-minute film by director Robert Eggers, was produced by Eggers together with producers Lars Knudsen, Arnon Milchan, Mark Huffam, and the lead himself, Alexander Skarsgard, working in collaboration with production companies Perfect World Pictures, Square Peg, New Regency, and Regency Enterprises. Made with a budget estimated to be between US$70 to 90 million, the film raked in just over 29.9 million at the worldwide box-office in its opening week, with release dates in several countries planed for the coming weeks. Rated 89 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, 82 per cent on Metacritic and 7.8/10 on IMDb,The Northman has been supported by mostly positive critic, with many appreciating the film’s clear direction, costume, and performance by the films lead cast.

The story about the young Viking prince has been“rated R for strong bloody violence, some sexual content and nudity,”as it focuses on the quest for revenge. The film with the tagline “Conquer your fate,” features several layers in its plot, with each character having a well scripted role that makes them a crucial part of the core storyline.

Filmed in several locations in Ireland, The Northam delivers historical fiction, in an engaging plot, that those who enjoy Viking films, will appreciate, for its attention to detail, in creating an environment that is perfectly in line with the story, to give viewers an immersive insight into Amleth’s world.

By Nirupa Mohan Dore