It was weird and wankThe Northman
Visually out of this world. The opening 30 minutes did seem a bit off to me, couple of casting decisions, dialogue and peformance stuck out. And a couple of shots, and the editing. I felt like I didn't have confidence in it.
But it really stuck to its guns, and got stronger as it went along. By the end I was definitely impressed, despite carrying a few flaws, and never quite hitting the heights, I was very glad indeed the film had been made.
I just don't know if Eggers really nailed it. It was artistically ambitious and a few times that grated against the needs of a blockbuster film. But when the balancing act involved in presenting the Nordic mythology in a materially realistic world came off, they were pretty fantastic. The scene in the cave where he takes the sword was definitely a highlight.
And I liked that by the end, it was hard to avoid thinking our 'hero' was hardly such except in his own eyes, and yet still cheer that on. One aspect I liked was that Eggers kept him so plain and simple, so much a man built on nothing else but what that little boy had seen and felt.
In a funny way I'd compare it to Heat. It has that same empty, minimal, feel to the story and production.