Top critical review
Too much in one film and poorly cast leads. Good supporting actors and simple fun.
7 October 2015
I've given a middle rating as the product itself was in perfect condition and lived up to every expectation. The film is fun to watch when there's nothing else to do. The supporting actors were great with what little they were given, and the idea itself had a lot of potential.
The leads, Clive Owen and Keira Knightly, however, were disappointing to say the least. They didn't have any chemistry and the whole thing felt forced between them. There was more romance between Bors (Ray Winstone) and the mother of his children. I wanted more screen time of the minor Sarmatians, but they wasted Ray Winstone, Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Edgerton and Hugh Dancy on simple 'filling' where they should have been building the plot. Their actions should have told us what the characters dreamed.
The pretty sets and clever costuming were highlights, certainly. But the storyline didn't feel like it had much depth due to how much happened with the little time given. Perhaps if they cast different leads and had more time, they'd embody the vastness of the mission and forge stronger bonds between the characters. (You don't even get told that Bors and Dagonet are brothers.)
And I do have one question... Why does Lancelot (Ioan Gruffudd) narrate it in a Welsh accent, but act with an English one?