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Great torso, bad acting
on 23 February 2009
Tristan and Isolde, one of the great medieval love stories turned rather sadly here into something out of a rather over-blown soap opera.
I always adore Rufus Sewell but he's very under-utilised and given some terrible lines. James Franco looks beautiful from the neck down, but really that trembling lip and set jaw to express all emotions from anger to angst to passionate love really got very wearing. The girl was beautiful but so obvious, and the historical setting was so wrong.
Rented on a rainy Sunday afternoon with wine and chocolate this will pass muster (and Franco's torso alone is worth a look...) but for anything deeper or more genuinely passionate look elsewhere.