It’s rare for a new movie to open in theaters with the vision and scale of “The Northman.”

Director Robert Eggers’ third feature after “The Witch” and “The Lighthouse”

has the same meticulous blend of period details, atmospheric storytelling, and ominous supernatural events

but it takes those proclivities and injects them into a much larger tapestry.

Produced by Universal’s Focus Features and budgeted somewhere between $70-90 million (if not higher),

Eggers’ absorbing action-drama resurrects the grisly Viking era for the story of a furious warrior

 (Alexander Skarsgard) hellbent on avenging the death of his father (Ethan Hawke)

and rescuing his kidnapped mother (Nicole Kidman) from his traitorous uncle (Claes Bang).

More than that, though, “The Northman” is a vivid tribute to the epic warrior genre that elevates it to high art.

Eggers and his collaborators entrenched themselves in Viking traditions and stories

The Northman