Tristan + Isolde

  • 12
  • Kevin Reynolds (2005)
  • UK / Ger / US / Cz
  • 120 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

James Franco and Sophia Myles are the star-crossed lovers prepared to risk everything for their forbidden romance in director Kevin Reynolds's unassuming take on the tragic Celtic myth. A Dark Ages predecessor to Romeo and Juliet, it sees an Irish princess and an English warrior brought together by fate after she saves his life during a time of intense conflict between their respective nations. But when Tristan later wins Isolde's hand for his lord and surrogate father (a poignantly dignified Rufus Sewell), the duo are unable to sever their relationship. Shot using a murky palette and with the legend's magical elements replaced by unadorned realism, the film has a restrained feel, even in its fierce battle sequences. With little visual imagination or overall vitality, it's down to the central stars to carry the drama. Unfortunately, while Myles beautifully captures her character's emotional dilemma, wooden Franco fails, effectively robbing their pairing of its crucial passion.

Plot Summary

Historical romance, based on the tragic Celtic myth, starring James Franco and Sophia Myles. After the fall of Rome, the warlords of England are kept in line by Irish King Donnchadh. Among these leaders, Lord Marke seeks to unite the English tribes to rule the country. Establishing an uneasy truce with Ireland, Marke sends his greatest knight, Tristan, to win the hand of Donnchadh's daughter in a gaming tournament. What he doesn't realise is that Tristan and Isolde have met before, having fallen in love when she secretly nursed him back to health.

Cast and crew

Cast

Tristan
James Franco
Isolde
Sophia Myles
Lord Marke
Rufus Sewell
King Donnchadh
David O'Hara
Melot
Henry Cavill
Leon
J B Blanc
Young Tristan
Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Wictred
Mark Strong
Bragnae
Bronagh Gallagher
Bodkin
Ronan Vibert
Edyth
Lucy Russell
Orick
Dexter Fletcher

Crew

Director
Kevin Reynolds

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Guidance: 
Sex scenes, edited for violence
Available on DVD
Released 21 Apr 2006
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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