The Northman: Letterboxd’s 9 funniest reviews

The man from the north bombed at the box office, but not the humor tied to the film. The story of a prince who seeks revenge for his father’s murder and to save his mother, Robert Eggers’ latest project has received positive reviews, and they don’t discount the fun of the Vikings story.

Even though the film’s tone is gritty and far from comedy, that doesn’t mean the viewing experience lacks fun. Over on Letterboxd, moviegoers shared their fun take on the film, from compliments to Willem Dafoe to references to The Lion King.

sweating hamlet

Alexander Skarsgard in The Northman

The description of The man from the north is very similar to one of the most famous coins in the world. In Shakespeare Hamlet, dilemma surrounds Hamlet as he deals with the death of his father and the marriage between his mother and uncle. In the new film, Prince Amleth finds himself in a similar position.


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Because of this connection, user letterboxd thejoshl stipulate that The man from the north is like the room only with “the sweat, the fart, the intestines and the volcanoes”. Since Amleth is an anagram of Hamlet, it’s fun to imagine what would happen if the princes switched places in their stories.

The Lion King and Willem Dafoe naked

Besides the close connection to Shakespeare’s play, audiences also draw parallels between the new film and the Lion Kingwhich has similar themes, like The Lion King is also a rereading of Hamlet.

Based on this, user letterboxd dakotajoaquin jokes that Eggers “watched” popular Disney animation and told Willem Dafoe to “get naked” because he had an idea for a new movie. This joke also refers Lighthousea past collaboration between the director and the actor.

Amleth in court

Northman Amleth movie information

In the film, Amleth doesn’t go to court, but one critic imagines what Alexander Skarsgård’s character would have said if he had.

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Letterboxd user error jokes that the protagonist would have addressed the court with this statement: “In my defense, your honor, I was in goblin mode when everything fell apart”. The argument wouldn’t have succeeded in a modern court, but fortunately for Amleth he can continue to growl like a bear instead of preparing his legal defense.

The Northman’s greatest tense moment

Skasgard in The Northman

As a big budget epic film, The man from the north offers many tense moments. User letterboxd davechen states that the scene in which Skarsgård grabbed a “spear in the air and threw it back at the guy” caused the user to start “sweating”.

The amusing remark about Amleth’s superb combat abilities speaks volumes about the experience of watching this film and sets the tone of Eggers’ film. It may not be a “pure Eggers” title, but it was an entertaining viewing experience for many.

The Northman delivers what it was promised

Nicole Kidman in a cape at night in The Northman

Title cards aren’t what they used to be, but The man from the north brought them back. Patrickhwillems, Letterboxd user celebrates the fact that the film “delivers exactly what it promises”. The user is referring to the scene where a title card named “The Night Blade Feeds” appears shortly before a feast occurs.

With some epic TV productions reliant on absurd twists in recent years, it’s refreshing to see a project stick to its writing and let the audience follow the narrative. The man from the north has likable characters, and this fun review proves that title cards can be just as engaging.

Missed opportunity for Björk Song to quit

A close up of Bjork singing into a microphone

Some viewers have quite a few unpopular opinions about The man from the north, and one of them is that Björk is the saving grace of a boring movie. Agree or not, the Icelandic singer’s scene remains one of the film’s highlights, but one viewer thinks her involvement should have been bigger (and more musical).

user letterboxd saphicquinn calls out The man from the north for a “missed opportunity” to perform Björk’s song, “Army of Me”. If Skarsgård could growl to his music during a battle, it’s hard to say, but it sure would be fun.

just another tuesday

Björk Seeress Northman

Fans of the Icelandic singer appreciated her participation in the film for several reasons. Although Björk has not had the opportunity to sing, she plays an important role in the story, telling a prophecy to Amleth.

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Although the epic film is far from the modern era, user letterboxd larevolverperez jokes about it, saying that for the singer, her character’s eccentricity was “just another Tuesday.”

The Lion King with the Vikings

box office man from the north

Amleth indeed growls like a bear instead of roaring like a lion, but the similarities with the Lion King nevertheless remains strong. In a few words, user letterboxd lewismclaren stipulate that The man from the north is The Lion King “with the Vikings”, which is an apt description.

Amleth is a lot like Simba, a prince who sees his life changed by an unexpected brutal gesture orchestrated by his uncle. Skarsgård doesn’t sing “Hakuna Matata” with Dafoe, but surely they would have pulled off this musical performance.

Willem Dafoe steals the show for five minutes

Lighthouse remains an example of what turns into a great actor-director partnership: Dafoe and Eggers. While the veteran actor won’t get as much screen time as he did in the other Eggers’ film, that doesn’t mean he’s taking part in The man from the north was not celebrated.

Letterboxd user Sopheyquinn says they love it when Dafoe appears in a movie for “five minutes” just to steal the show. It’s an accurate description, as if no one would complain more about Dafoe, he’s making the most of his limited screen time.

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