The vision and courage of Christopher Columbus helped to shape the world in which we live today. This film attempts to capture the political background, the great 10-week voyage at sea, and then the subsequent birth pangs of Spain's 'New World' in the Americas.
This is very watchable and also provides an interesting 'behind-the-scenes' look into the 1492 mindset of Spain (a country still chasing out the Moors and held back by the Inquisition mentality, but yet at the same time amenable to the ideas of controversial thinkers such as Columbus).
This movie is 'big' in scale and has an exceptionally dramatic soundtrack throughout. The scenes where the Europeans and the native 'Indians' first come face to face really do capture the wonder, awe and danger that such encounters must have generated.
There are some strong scenes of violence. In a movie of 2 and a half hours such a grand subject matter can only be dealt with arbitrarily, but, overall, this is an excellent dramatisation of what proved to be a pivotal moment in human history.