Unlike most of the reviewers I loved this film. It was an enchanting to watch and I loved every minute of it.
This film tells the true story of one woman's battle to save her people from annihilation.
King Xerxes, played beautifully by Luke Goss of Bros fame is leading his people in a war against the Greeks. Having got rid of one wife who defied him, Queen Vashti, he finds another bride, Esther, the understated Tiffany Dupont, a woman transformed from simple girl to Queen of the Persian Empire.
Xerxes is enchanted by Esther but he is unaware she is Jewish and that she has been chosen by God to save her people from destruction. I loved the scene when the necklace she wears around her neck reveals her birthright, shimmering stars of David that only she and the King can see.
James Callis is wonderful as the treacherous Haman the Agagite, he certainly knows how to play Mr Nasty as well as Mr Nice (Eureka)and let's not forget another understated performance by Tommy 'Tiny' Lister who plays Hegai, the Royal Eunuch; for a former Basketball player, this man sure can act!
Featuring some quality action and solid performances from other actors such as Omar Sharif (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago), Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia, Troy) and Jonathan Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings)this film is a little gem that has been poorly received by many. However it is quite an intelligent film so this I suspect is its cinematic downfall.
All the same, for me a great watch and worth what I paid for it!