This film has it all, Great Actors, realistic sets, locations & costumes, with a cracking story.
The story is quite sad & tragic though. I'm not really into mushy films atall, yet, I found myself really enjoying this film.
I would describe it as a historical, Action, Romance, Tragedy. There is nothing flowery about it, yet, it is still moving & emotional.
The film deals with the Age long topics of Deceit, treason, conspiracies, age long feuds, battles to defend the land against enemies & betrayal within the Empires etc. In the middle of it all, is the story involving the central characters. The Princess, Her Loyal general, Her traitorous Cousin & the Strange young hermit who lives in the forrest, who she befriends.
Basically, the Princess is thrust into ruling the Empire, prematurely. It is up to her General to make sure she can defend herself & is trained well enough to win the respect of her officers & Army & be fit to lead them into battle. To do this, he has to be merciless, even though they have been friends from early childhood.
Another twist in the story unfolds as she is undergoing her training..But I'll not say too much on that..
Amazing Film..I loved it..Big Thumbs Up