Not the Wagnerian opera
Having never seen the Wagner opera I have no idea whether there were
plot similarities but with so little music there would seem no other
justification for naming the Cornish champion Tristan or the Irish
princess Isolde ? And nor was it sufficiently explained why the Irish
kept attacking Cornwall over what would have been mainly open water
rather than Wales or Lancashire ? The fight and ambush scenes were very
well done although it is unlikely that the Cornish archers were such
good shots on or off horses ? I soon got bored with the relationship
between Isolde and Tristan after her supposed expertise in healing
herbs was hardly needed after her unwanted fiancé's poison hardly
worked at all ? And how much did the scriptwriters pinch from Camelot
and the Launcelot/Guinevere/King Arthur cuckolding ? I found who was on
the side of who and who was changing sides and then coming back
extremely confusing but then I was watching on TV with one eye whilst
working with the other this afternoon..
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cinematography, art direction, and legend
i have been intrigued by the legends surrounding Tristan and Isolde
since i was very young, and when this film was released, i avoided it
for a time because i knew how tragic the stories are, in each version
i've read. but, finally, i could resist no longer and rented it. i was
completely surprised by the visual beauty of the film! i was also very
interested in how the legend would be portrayed. would T & I drink the
love potion? or would Isolde heal his wounds with her herbal medicines?
would Tristan marry the other Isolde? would it be Tristan who dies,
first, or Isolde? would Arthur turn up with his knights of the round
table? would Isolde at first try to have her loyal assistant
assassinated to keep their secret? so many questions! no one now knows
what really happened, just that it did happen. what mattered here for
me was whether Franco and Myles would have the chemistry to make this
tragic legend seem credible; would their timeless love shine through?
for me, it did. remarkably so. and i found that i did not care whether
the story stayed true to one of the versions found in history. i was
glad to see Sewell in the role of King Mark, and not Clive Owen. this
period of history is my favorite, when the British isles were cleaved,
and the Romans, although still around, had retreated. Kevin Reynolds
did a great job with this film. I recognized his name from his early
work, Fandango, and i'm glad i put my fear aside and watched this film.
Normally, i am not a big fan of tragedies, but my love for this history
overcame my reluctance. Even if Ridley Scott had directed this film way
back when, i am not convinced that he would have made a more visually
stunning film. and that's saying a lot. I cried harder watching Broke
Back Mountain...i mention this for all film fans reluctant to watch
tragedies. The love shown between T & I rang true. it was heart
breaking, and it was magnificent too. All seem to agree that Tristan
was a great fighter, and the action sequences were very good. if art
direction, cinematography, and period epics are part of your viewing
enjoyment, then i highly recommend this film. throw in passion and
love, and the human condition, and you have a truly rich tapestry to