Sunday, January 22, 2006

At the Movies: Tristan and Isolde

Before Romeo and Juliet, the trailer says, there was Tristan and Isolde.
James Franco plays Tristan, an English nobleman presumed dead and washed up on Ireland's shore to be nursed back to health by Sophia Myles the beautiful Irish Princess.
In order to further the agenda of Ireland, the king promised his lovely daughter's hand in marriage to the future King of England. Tristan is chosen to fight for this honor on behalf his adopted father, Marke, played expertly by Rufus Sewell.
No one suspects Isolde and Tristan are already lovers when she marries and begins her life with Marke. Beautiful photography and a solid story line make this an enjoyable movie experience. The Brave Heart like battle scenes are as would be expected for a story of this period, and not for the faint hearted.

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