The Northman is not a bad film. . . . But I can’t help but be disappointed that Eggers took this politically and socially fraught figure, the Viking, and played it so straight.
The film presents a beautifully bleak vision of doomed political ambition which ultimately shows that, even when fascists are incompetent, their ruthlessness creates irredeemable suffering.
Though its trailer promises a meditation on the nature of storytelling, what it delivers is a serviceable monster film that breaks no new ground.
But stumbles when it tries to stay too true to its source.
The Chicago-made documentary tells stories of disability that aren’t shown on the silver screen.