Review: Tristan + Isolde [2006]

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
Starring: James Franco (Tristan), Sofia Myles (Isolde), Rufus Sewell (King Marke)
Main Theme: “We Belong Together” by Gavin DeGraw

Official Synopsis:

From executive produce Ridley Scott comes a sweeping tale of love and loss, myth and fate, based on the timeless Celtic myth of star-crossed passion.

First separated by countries at war, and now by loyalty to King and country, Tristan (James Franco) and Isolde (Sofia Myles) must suppress their emotions for the sake of peace and future of England. But the more they deny their passion, the more fiercely it burns. Despite their efforts to stay apart, Tristan and Isolde are driven inexorably together, risking everything for one last moment in each other’s arms.

Tristan and Isolde may sound new but tracing its origin, it was written even before Guinevere & Lancelot came alive. It’s just one of the timeless, Arthurian classics famous all around the world. (And there are a lot!)

I don’t think their “love not meant to be” tragedy could be compared to Romeo & Juliet’s because this one’s far too tragic than beloved Shakespeare’s creation. Maybe the consequences of their actions made them a lot too different.

Moving along and focusing on the movie, I believe it would’ve been more effective if they stuck closer to the original story. Tragic it already is, I don’t understand why they didn’t go all out. Would it confuse movie goers if Tristan had two love interests? Maybe from their point of view it’s going to be distinct if they cut off a few parts from the original one. I’m just thankful to have watched the movie before finding out the real details, or else I’ll end up not feeling anything for the movie. I didn’t cry but I felt like crushing those who gets in the way and their pain of trying so hard to stay close and go on with their forbidden love.

So, if you like tragedy and guys who put friendship superior than their love who’ll come once in a lifetime, you might just like Tristan + Isolde as much I did.

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