A bit drastic. Loads of shaky camera and muddy realism. Probably the castle seiges and hacking fights are a bit more realistic than the usual glitzy ‘one flashing blade’ heroics. I think I recognise some of the tactics of King John here from other historic shows but really, there’s too much of it going on for too long. Boooooooring. So boring in fact that at one point a voice over gets in on the action to try to push things along. It just masks a dull bit that shouldn’t have been filmed in the first place.
The main stars are up to scratch, nicely subdued acting. Paul is especially good and his accent is very believable. James is a bit sullen, probably because he was stuck making this flop. Sometimes the scenes are a little reminisent of the old Three Musketeers movies, all blackened teeth and jeering, dusty clothes and bodices. But it doesnt work. Don’t know if the word ‘dreary’ dates back to the year 1214 but it sure fits here.
As a documentary on how to take and defend a castle it might have worked but not as a film. Someone should have gone over the script before they started and gotten rid of an hour or so.
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