The Northman, out now, is, Robert Eggers said, "literally an epic”

The Northman, Movie Budget is  $70 million

The Northman opens with a volcanic eruption. A blond boy looks out from his island kingdom, grinning.

The Northman’s goal is to capture the atmosphere of the pre-modern Viking world, as conveyed in the vast corpus of surviving literature from medieval Scandinavia.

The Northman is based very loosely on the story of Amleth, a supposed (but likely fictional) Viking prince most famous today as the basis for William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

There’s a bit of Arnold Schwarzenegger here, too: In high-concept terms, The Northman is Hamlet meets Conan the Barbarian

The Northman plays like its black metal B-side.) Eggers’s biggest interest is in linguistic authenticity

Alexander Skarsgård stars as Amleth, who seeks to avenge the murder of his father (Ethan Hawke) by his paternal uncle (Claes Bang).

The Northman doesn’t seem like a particularly political film. If it has a moral, it’s an echo of the old Klingon proverb that revenge is a dish best served cold