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Movie Review - Tristan and Isolde

Purely Unnecessary Warning: This movie does not faithfully follow the traditional story of Tristan and Isolde; some plot details are changed or omitted.

It's a sad thing when you watch a romance movie, but you want the other guy to get the girl, instead of the hero.

Tristan and Isolde is an okay movie when it comes to internecine political backstabbing, but as a romance movie, it falls way flat. Isolde is fine. The actress playing her gives her plenty of personality, and my guess is that Isolde the character is probably supposed to be 8-10 years younger than the actress who plays her. That would explain a lot of the idealism and yearning for romance and true love displayed by the character.

Tristan, on the other hand, is a dud. The actor playing him knows how to give long, silent, soulful and sometimes sulky looks, but he never says or does anything, in my opinion, to merit the desire Isolde has for him. Sure, he's hott, but that isn't love, and even Isolde realizes that Mark deserves her love when she talks to Tristan about her feelings for her husband.

King Mark, supposedly the Older, Stodgy Guy, on the other hand, acts and speaks like a man who loves and who is worthy of love. If I'd been Isolde, I'd have thrown Tristan over for King Mark in a heartbeat. What a gentleman!

To my mind, this movie is about the difference between teenagers' love and the love of mature adults. I'll take the love of mature adults any day of the week.

My advice--spend your $7.50 on a better movie, unless you simply want to see how cool King Mark is. He, at least, is worth watching. So is Isolde's Irish maid.


I saw this in qos' journal and had to take it for Paul. (g)

Snobbery Quiz

From Timbuktu to Tijuana, you know all about world
culture and politics. You've seen it all, and
what you haven't seen, you watched on one of
the "smart people channels." Your
friends tell you that you should run for
What people love: You've always got a great story
to tell.
What people hate: You make them feel like ignorant
plebians. Sometimes you slip and CALL them

What Kind of Elitist Are You?
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Why did he get this result?

"Because you must remain aware of what Voldemort is doing. That is vital." --Paul E. Graves

His next most likely result would have been Art and Decor Expert.


Current Mood: calmcalm

In the original story, Isolde didn't have a choice after she and Tristan drank the love potion.

Yeah, I know. This movie doesn't use the love potion as a plot device, so everything in it is strictly up to the wills of the main characters.

On one hand, I'm glad they didn't use the love potion, because that made (or should have made) the love more real. But since the romance was so unbelievable to me, the use of a love potion would have explained a lot.



Your review reminds me of a novel by Diana Paxson, The White Raven. In it, Branwen, Isolde's maid, sees what a good thing the princess is throwing away in Mark. Once Isolde is out of the picture, Branwen steps in. I love stories with happy endings. :D


Kris--LOL!!! It's good to know that at least someone appreciated King Mark!