From executive producer Ridley Scott (Gladiator) comes an action-packed saga of epic battles, political intrigue and forbidden passion. Rufus Sewell, James Franco and Sophia Myles star in this rousing adventure set in a time when the lines between heroism and savagery were etched in fire and carved out with broadswords!
Beautiful epic tale of love, loyalty and duty
- Tristan and Isolde review by Rubber Ducky
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You rated this film: 4
The opening shot with gorgeous cinematography sets the scene for the rest of this film. The locations are quite stunning. Also of note are the marvellous costumes and sets, giving an authentic period feel to the film. The story is set in early medieval times when there is unease between the various Lords in England and with the Irish. The themes of loyalty and duty run throughout the film and the main characters are convincing and passionate in their beliefs. The 2 young actors who play Tristan and Isolde put in fine performances and Rufus Sewell is excellent as 'adopted father' Marke. Ultimately the film is a tragedy, along the lines of Troy, with perhaps a hint of Gladiator. If you like epics such as these then I am sure you will enjoy this film. We certainly did.
The tragic non epic
- Tristan and Isolde review by KS
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You rated this film: 2
While this film includes some aesthetic similarities and motifs found in Scott's earlier work, the action to emotion ratio is somewhat imbalanced. An epic narrative unfolds pleasantly if not somewhat predictably. The fast editing technique of the action sequences detracts from the main love story, acted with enthusiasm but with little lasting impression upon the viewer. A repeated refrain is the offered conclusion. Two abigious lovers and a King who is outsmarted and betrayed, if you count a secret tunnel as depth to this common narrative of love betrayed, then you will be happy with the film. Unconvincing and dissapointing.