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Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc [Blu-ray] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GF8WOO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,001 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
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I found Luc Besson's take on the story of Joan of Arc thoroughly compelling. Like all of Besson's films, The Messenger is highly stylized, nicely cast, and visually powerful. The film is also forgivably anachronistic in terms of language while developing a strong period feel through sets and costume.

Joan was, of course, the deeply religious teenage girl who lead Prince Charles' army to improbable victory over the invading English at Orleans and helped re-consolidate French sovereignty. Joan considered herself God's appointed messenger, and France apparently saw her as an avenging angel. Today, she is commonly regarded as a schizophrenic. She was canonized in the 1950s, 500 years after her death. Regardless of whether God or insanity was the source of her strength, power, will and incredible courage - there is little ambiguity about her role in the salvation of France nor the fate that awaited her afterward.

In general, the acting is quite good. Jovovich's much-maligned performance is actually very good and exactly appropriate for what Besson was trying to do with the film. Comparing Joan of Arc to her other Messianic role as Leelu in the Fifth Element is, frankly, ridiculous. I believe that the problems people find in Jovovich's performance are problems those same people bring to the film. Malkovich and Dunaway are phenomenal. Tcheky Karyo and Vincent Cassell provide excellent support.

The cinematography, production values and rousing music score are excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Napoleon on 3 Jun. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
In 1429 the Hundred Years War is not going well for France. English soldiers are freely roaming French soil and the Duke of Burgundy (MICHAEL JENN) has allianced himself with the English forces under Lord Talbot (ANDREW BERKIN).

The Dauphin of France, Charles (JOHN MALKOVICH) is in a quandary for his treasury is almost empty and the army demoralised. While the English threaten his dwindling borders, Charles turns to the stern Yolande of Aragon (FAYE DUNAWAY), who tells him that his prayers may soon be answered. A young peasant girl named Joan (MILLA JOVOVICH) is seeking an audience with the Dauphin and rumours abound that she has been sent by God to save France from imminent destruction.

Ignoring his court aides, Charles sees Joan in a private meeting and instantly grants her a small army, much to the castigation of seasoned warriors like Dunois (TCHEKY KARYO) and Giles de Rais (VINCENT CASSEL), who resent being commanded by a young woman. They soon change their minds.

Joan leads the outnumbered French forces to stunning victories at Orleans and Reims, allowing the Dauphin to be crowned Charles VII at the cathedral here, but her march on Paris ends in disaster. When she personally confronts the new king for reinforcements to continue the campaign, Joan finds him indifferent and preparing to seek a diplomatic, rather than military, conclusion.

Charles now finds himself with another dilemma. Joan has achieved his ambition for the crown but the young woman could now become a dangerous liability if she persists in causing trouble with the English so a peace treaty cannot be signed. Spurred on by Yolande of Aragon, Charles callously allows Joan to fall into a trap set by the Duke of Burgundy, who soon sells her to the English.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 17 May 2007
Format: DVD
Luc Besson has a reputation for spectacular movies such as Taxi, Leon, The Fifth Element, etc. Joan of Arc is no exception. It details the life of Jeanne, the maiden of Lorraine, who in and around the year 1431, helped France defeat England, and win a war that has lasted for almost an entire century. The plot is great, and paced well. The performances that impressed me the most, however, were those of Milla Jovovich and Dustin Hoffman, as Jeanne and her conscience, respectively. They never cease to amaze me. The characters were well-written and credible. I liked the way the film seems to question Jeanne's sanity; whereas most believe that she *was* in fact, sent by God, this film sits down and asks the question, if she really was, or if the signs and miracles weren't all in her head, and caused by everyone wanting to believe it. The very last scenes especially puts doubt in the viewer. It was quite a gutsy move by Besson, to question his own country's hero. I will admit, the film does really make it seem more like she is crazy rather than sent by God, but it doesn't feel like Besson is pushing his view onto us, telling us that that's the way it was; it feels more like he tries to make us question it. The action and the war scenes were very well done, very chaotic and disturbing, very intense and bloody.
All in all, a very enjoyable war-drama, with an authentic story and some well-done battle sequences. I recommend it to fans of the actors, of Luc Besson's other work and of war movies/dramas in general. Just don't expect a full-out war movie; it's two hours and thirty minutes long, and I don't think more than forty-five minutes in total are spent fighting.
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