I discovered quite a bit about the Northman that the name of the protagonist, "Amleth," a 8th century Viking prince on a mission to avenge his father at the hands of his uncle, might be a play on "Hamlet." I'm a bit slow on the uptake. Occasionally, I'm confused about whether or not the adaptation would have been beneficial.
The Northman is a remarkable goth spectacle combining music and characters that are as much fable and myth as they are people, and they are also recognizably human but slightly unknowable and awe-inspiring.
While The Northman was pretty much exactly the creator of the script, he was certainly a cerebral guy who tried to for his debut film, but it would be more like the film Glenn Danzig, who was able to do so without the need of a professional actor.
The Northman is a Shakespeare film, but it is also a documentary about skinny shirtless men growing at each other. For me, it was nearing perfect. The film "The Witch made a Norwegian black metal Hamlet with Alexander Skarsgard" is a simple declarative phrase that acts as a rave it is intended to be.
This is a movie in which a seer tells Amleth that he will one day have to choose between love of his kin and hate for his enemies. Because this is a Robert Eggers film, Danzig can almost hear him shouting "I CHOOOOSE HAAAAAAAATE" over chugging power chords. Violence and operatic conflict are always a goth fantasy, and logic will always take a backseat.
Amleth, the adolescent, greets his father (Ethan Hawke) before returning to the army for a party. A ghoulish jester/prophet played by Willem Dafoe (absolutely as great as that collection of words would suggest) gives Amleth the hope of success. Just when Amleth is about to get their dog-man on, Amleth's uncle, officially listed on IMDB, murders Amleth's father
Young Amleth eludes his attackers (gorily, somehow) and hops in a boat, crashing out of the sea. With every stroke, he repeats his promise to kill his uncle, avenge his father, and save his mother, like an Arya Stark incantation.
We skip from there straight to adult Amleth, living in Rus and continuing on the various family traditions: raping, pillaging, and bellowing. Northman, according to Eggers, is the most adept at using psychedelic drugs and growing like animals (looking like a sort of Scandinavian equivalent of).