Tristan + Isolde

As far as attempts to weld Dark Age folklore with historical realism goes, this was at least far better than King Arthur, beautifully made by the under-rated Kevin Reynolds, under the aegis of Ridley Scott; much of the film looked like animated John Waterhouse paintings. It was a pity, then, that the script was so flat and the performances, especially James Franco's Tristan, were so dutifully washed-out. Rufus Sewell made a decent impression. A lost opportunity.

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