THE NORTHMAN – Review by T.J. Callahan

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The Northman: Silence, I kill you!

The Northman is a lewd, crude, dude feud. It’s as if George R. R. Martin did a version of Hamlet. You could call this “Game of Clones.”

The Northman is a historic, action, blood and mud filled epic about how far a young Viking prince will go on his quest to kill his uncle to avenge his father’s murder. Alexander Skarsgard is Prince Amleth. No, he’s not his HBO True Blood vampire character, Eric Northman, although that character might have been an inspiration.

Nicole Kidman plays his mom, the Queen, who has betrayed him. Ethan Hawke is the soon to be slain King, Anya Taylor-Joy is the witchy love interest and Willem Dafoe is a prophesying jester. Even Bjork is in The Northman. And, she’s a sorceress not a swan.

The Northman takes place in 914 AD, well before cable TV. Tribes entertained themselves with crazy rituals and lots of torture.

This film is barbaric, black and white and bloody. It’s vicious Viking vengeance that very well could make you vomit. The Northman is brutal on many levels with one being it’s 2 hour and 16 minute run time. There’s pillaging, conjuring, screaming, grunting and howling like wolves. The Northman is a turn of the 10th century soap opera that was expertly and artfully filmed for the big screen and will have fans of the medieval genre on the edge of their seats cheering. As for me, when the heads rolled, so did my eyes. The Northman get a 6 out of 10. The more testosterone you have, the better.

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.