Tristan & Isolde

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Competent but somewhat static, Tristan & Isolde doesn't achieve the sweeping romanticism that it aims for.



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In the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde, young lovers become doomed against the forces of royal politics. English knight Tristan wins the hand of the daughter of the Irish King, but the love threatens the truce between their two countries.


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  • Nov 03, 2010
    James Franco is eaaaassssyyyy on the eyes isn't he? Wowza. Other than that... eh... sorry not much else to say on this...
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2010
    I'm not sure what the critics were expecting from this film, and it's obvious by their reviews that it didn't meet any expectations. Derived from the Arthurian legend somewhat, it's sort of an early version of Romeo and Juliet, set against the backdrop of post-Roman Britain. I believe that people expected some big, sweeping Arthurian epic, which it's not.It also had a strike against it because I think the basic story has been done so many times. It's a much smaller scale story of a brutal period of British history. Taken as just that, it's a pretty decent film, just not epic. There are some good performances. Rufus Sewell, in particular goes against his usual character, and made his character the sympathetic loser in the love triangle. Yes, the dialogue was a bit stilted, but the film moves right along nevertheless. The action sequences are good, especially the ambush of the raiders on their way back to their ships. The attack on the keep is also well done, even if its a very small scale action. I think it has more positives than negatives, and I remember there was very little PR on this film prior to its release, which might account for the poor box office as well. Overall, it had some nice moments, and captured the era well.
    Mark K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2010
    A great war movie with a little romance is always good!
    Nikki M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2009
    <div style="width:633px;"><a href=""><img src="" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div> O James Franko was the ideal Tristan but this was not enough .... The film does not touch at all the sensitivity of the book
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer

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