Dixie Elliot 🎥 Two hours, which I'll never get back, was spent watching the massively overhyped film, The Northman.

The Northman - Bing images

With a cast of leading Hollywood actors the last thing you'd expect was acting which was as wooden as the longships. 

You notice this from the very beginning of the film when Ethan Hawke arrives back home from the wars. The exchange between himself, his wife, Nicole Kidman, and his son was something you'd expect to find in amateur dramatics or worse still, a school play.

For the short time that he was in the film, Ethan Hawke acted like a Viking who couldn't wait to catch the early flight to Valhalla.

About 90% of the film's locations were shot in the North of Ireland, although it was set in Iceland. The accents actually sounded more Belfast than Norwegian.

Torr Head in County Antrim was used for the impressive set of a Viking town, while the River Bann was used as a river in Rus (Russia). Gleniff Horseshoe, County Sligo, was also a location and an Icelandic volcano was added to the Irish countryside with the use of CGI.

As for the storyline itself, it was the usual tale of revenge only the Vikings, friend and foe alike, all seemed to be out of their heads on hallucinogenic drugs throughout the entire film. It was more Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, than a Viking saga.

The TV series, Vikings is better, by far, than this film. In fact, if you want to save the two hours then watch the trailer instead as all the best bits are in that . . .  


The Northman

Dixie Elliot 🎥 Two hours, which I'll never get back, was spent watching the massively overhyped film, The Northman.

The Northman - Bing images

With a cast of leading Hollywood actors the last thing you'd expect was acting which was as wooden as the longships. 

You notice this from the very beginning of the film when Ethan Hawke arrives back home from the wars. The exchange between himself, his wife, Nicole Kidman, and his son was something you'd expect to find in amateur dramatics or worse still, a school play.

For the short time that he was in the film, Ethan Hawke acted like a Viking who couldn't wait to catch the early flight to Valhalla.

About 90% of the film's locations were shot in the North of Ireland, although it was set in Iceland. The accents actually sounded more Belfast than Norwegian.

Torr Head in County Antrim was used for the impressive set of a Viking town, while the River Bann was used as a river in Rus (Russia). Gleniff Horseshoe, County Sligo, was also a location and an Icelandic volcano was added to the Irish countryside with the use of CGI.

As for the storyline itself, it was the usual tale of revenge only the Vikings, friend and foe alike, all seemed to be out of their heads on hallucinogenic drugs throughout the entire film. It was more Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, than a Viking saga.

The TV series, Vikings is better, by far, than this film. In fact, if you want to save the two hours then watch the trailer instead as all the best bits are in that . . .  


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