(M) 1hr 56min
A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown.
Firstly let me just say going into this film I was skeptical. I had the mindset that ‘this has this been done too many times, what can they possibly do to the story to keep me interested?’ However, I thought ‘ok I will watch it’ in the hope that it can prove me wrong and deliver something that can be new and exciting. I’m delighted to say that it did indeed, and in many ways. I applaud Director Otto Bathurst for achieving this.
With a cast like Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan, Taron Egerton, Eve Hewson and Ben Mendelsohn, there is no shortage of talent.
When the film began there was a mushy romance feel which left me with an unpleasant “Please no” feeling, but luckily for my gag reflex it was short lived and swiftly led to a more medieval battle feel, which got me excited.
The action scenes were very aesthetically pleasing with moderate impact and all the modern cinematography perks such as special effects that weren’t over done. With old school bows and arrows but in a modern way, grab your pitchfork and enjoy the ride. The musical score was also perfection for the dramatic effect of the action sequences.
This modern take on an old story had it all corruption, mateship, love, action, fun, religion, power and greed. All the right ingredients for an epic brew of a film.
Power to the underdogs. Will there be another? It sure leaves it open to the possibility and if they do I will be watching.
This skeptic has been proven wrong. Loved every minute.
Review by Steph Suter-James