James Franco is a gorgeous, smoldering lover in Tristan & Isolde, but you can't help being reminded of Ben Stiller's Zoolander character.
Like Derek Zoolander, Franco's Tristan wears the same yearning expression in almost every scene.
Though it's being billed as the pre-cursor to Romeo and Juliet, it doesn't come close to the haunting romance of Franco Zeffirelli's seminal 1968 film.
As a young English lad, Tristan sees his parents killed by Irish invaders. Raised by the principled village ruler, Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell), Tristan matures into a brave and loyal man and, incidentally, a capable guerrilla warrior. He defeats the Irish occupying forces to ensure that Lord Marke becomes king of England. Washed out to sea after a brutal...
Beautifully told tragedy
This tale pre-dates romeo and juliet and may well have been Shakespeare's inspiration. The story is beautifully told - some violence but in context; subtle and sensitive sex scenes; and NO swearing! What a refreshing change.
Tristan (Marco) is a hero who has been taken under the wing of Rufus Sewell in the days when England was several kingdoms with everyone wanting unity under one King. Except that some are prepared to be underhand about it.
Fight scenes are missing the gore of Gladiator and Troy so are probably suitable for younger viewers.
Tristan inadvertently falls in love with the betrothed of the King, and nobly struggles to keep it under control.
The romance develops gently without explicit scenes, and leaves space between the characters that leaves you empathising.
Tension mounts because of impending battle, deception, and the developing love interest,which as you suspect throughout does end i...
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