Sunday, 24 March 2013
The battle scenes are realistic. They are very bloody and graphic to the point of being a little too much. But ever since Braveheart, the movie going masses have come to expect and demand such things in their war movies. It's kind of sad because the films tend to rely on the gore rather than leave it to the imagination and interpretation of the audience. I was surprised to see this in a British production because the British tend to downplay the sensational and let the audience think. It's one reason why I tend to lean towards British cinema in the first place.
Some of the editing, cinematography, and basic story is a bit sloppy but overall, it's not too bad. There is a tacked on love story brought in to try and appeal to human nature and it's done so quickly and half assed that it just wasn't necessary. The writing is inconsistent with the time period though. Many of Brian Cox's lines don't seem to fit with the rest of the cast but he does deliver them convincingly. Paul Giamatti also does a good job portraying the sniveling little a-hole of a king. Normally, a screaming tirade from such a character directed at his enemy comes off as cheesy and hard to watch. But his hollering at Cox was done very convincingly. It's not surprising because both of these men are very good actors.
If you like the medieval thing you may want to watch it. The performances are decent. And the sets, costumes, and fight choreography seem genuine. If you are looking for a tight, historic movie with few holes, you may want to give it a pass. My recommendation is to see it and judge for yourself because it isn't a total waste of time.