Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Ethan Hawke, Nicole Kidman, Anya Joy Taylor, Willem Dafoe, Bjork, Claes Gang
This film was epic on many levels. A Viking saga that touched every human emotion.
Alexander Skarsgard playing the title role of Prince Amleth was simply brilliant! Gruff, buff and strong willed Prince Amleth struggles with inner demons in the quest for vengeance.
His credo/vow Save my mother, Kill his uncle and Avenge his father keeps you guessing as to what his next moves will be.
Nicole Kidman is in a word-remarkable as Queen Gudrun. While I'm not a huge fan of Nicole. This role bowled me over. Fierce, sweet, tender, aggressive and vindictive. Truly loved to hate her in this role.
Claes Bang who plays Fjolnir the Brotherless is likened to a wolf. Predatory, wild, vicious and without remorse. He is outstanding in his portrayal. A definite nod to the Academy for an Oscar in a Supporting Role.
Anya Taylor-Joy is just that-a joy in this film. She is Olga of the Birch Forest. A viking witch with a heart of steel. Anya and Alexander work brilliantly together throughout the film and their chemistry was divine.
My favourite role other than Alexander's Amleth had to be Willem Dafoe. Heimir the Fool was incredible. You never really knew which way was up with him. Delightfully played. While his voice is so distinctive, the makeup and special effects disguise his signature smile.
The CGI and special effects team just blew the doors off this production. From the fires of an Icelandic volcano to the pyrotechnics. Everything in this film just clicked perfection boxes.
I strongly recommend this film to anyone who loves a good Viking saga. It's earthy, believable and absolutely enjoyable. There was never a dull moment throughout the 2hrs and 17mins.
Yes, there is the typical blood, guts and gore that goes with an Viking era piece. But, it's not overpowering the underlining story plot.
5 out of 5 talons