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3.0 out of 5 stars Passes two loooong hours., 14 April 2013
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This review is from: Kingdom of Blood: Legend of the Red Eagle [DVD] (DVD)
I was intrigued to see in another review that this film is based on a Spanish series. That makes sense after watching this. Within about 10 minutes of the film it felt as if I'd missed episode 1 or the previous film. There was no context and little clue of who was related to whom. The film too seems to suffer as so many do by a lack of budget. It purports to be set in the reign of Philip IV at a congress between Philip himself, Louis XIV and Charles II of the UK, but on the whole it feels a bit cheap.

There were too many characters with their relative statuses and relationships being unclear. I was completed surprised that Margarita was a 'lover' of the King's brother/cousin. I got the impression at the beginning (dipping clothes in a lake) that she was some sort of peasant girl. We get a load of peasants at the end too, referred to by names, who just add to the glut of names and characters.

There's a strong nationalistic theme throughout with the common people uniting to fight off the foreign invaders. The underlying message seems to be we're all different, but ultimately unified as Spaniards. The Red Eagle refers to the (occasional) central character the Red Eagle, who tends to drift in and out of the main events. On the whole the film is bit of a mess, which tries to do too much with too many people without ever being really convincing.

The acting isn't bad and some of the set-pieces for fights are decent and for less than £3 (April 2013) you can't really complain. In summary the film isn't awful, but suffers through lack of context and being over-ambitious. It's worth a watch, but set your expectations on low.
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2013 12:20:33 BDT
Wow! Did we watch the same film? I know my Spanish isn't great after only two years of study, but, even with the help of the subtitles, I could follow the characters histories etc! The Red Eagle drifts in and out, that is an interesting one, as far as I could see he was in most of it, apart from the time when he decided that he had to preserve his life for looking after his blinded son. Margarita dipping clothes in a lake is meant to show that she was laundering her own clothes. Yes, she was involved with a minor lord, hardly brother to the king, too great an age difference, too lowly in status. Guess you always have to have a minor lord leading the resistance to invasion. But that the film suffered from a lack of budget re the conference of the three kings, is a bit of an inaccuracy. Less money was spent on such meetings if they ever occurred. They weren't the razzmatazz jamborees that they are today, apart from the field of Clothe of Gold between our Henry VIII and Francis I of France, which was a style war. Even there they were still living in tents or wooden structures though! So things were a lot more low key hundreds of years ago and to ramp it up for modern tastes I think is wrong.
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