Isolde and Tristan Movie Review

Looking for a good movie? A saga with plenty of action, intrigue and passion? Are you a fan of Gladiator? Of Romeo and Juliet? If so, you might want to check out the movie, Tristan and Isolde.

Tristan and Isolde received mixed advance media coverage but a surprisingly good movie review from movie critic Roger Ebert. He says that the movie is better than the commercials led us to believe and perhaps even better than the studio thought it was.

Tristan and Isolde is definitely, a feast for the eyes. It stars the handsome James Franco and the lovely Sophia Myles along with Rufus Sewell, David O'Hara and Mark Strong.

This movie is adapted from a medieval love story and begins with a very young Tristan watching his parents be killed by the Irish who held Britain after the occupation by the Romans. Tristan is ‘adopted’ by Marke, a ruler of one of the British tribes, and Tristan grows up a mighty warrior.

During a battle, Tristan is injured and believed dead. His friends bury him in a royal funeral in which his body is sent out to sea on a burning boat. However, the fire does not burn the boat and Tristan arrives on Ireland where Isolde, the beautiful daughter of the Irish king, nurses him back to health.

Of course, as the name of this movie implies, Tristan and Isolde do fall in love but their love is thwarted, which is the tragedy of this medieval love story.

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Tristan and Isolde is a 2006 Ridley Scott movie. Scott also produced the movie Gladiator and, like that movie, Tristan and Isolde has plenty of violence. It is rated PG-13 for that violence and for sexuality and is definitely not suitable for children or for you, if you dislike movies with violence. This movie includes plenty of battle scenes and someone loses his hand and someone else, his head.

Despite the violence (at which I cringed), I enjoyed this movie. I was disappointed when it was over and with the way it ended. It was definitely a tragedy.

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