Saturday, February 12, 2011
The Eagle - And How Was It?
That all said, what if one had never read the book, and was just looking for a rousing Sword and Sandal film? I think that "The Eagle" is satisfactory on that score, if not a classic film. The action is good and the movie does give a sense of a brutal, alien world that our own eventually actually evolved out of. The actors do a reasonable job, and the characters have more depth than your typical action movie. So, even though I was disappointed when comparing this film to the book, if you are a fan of Ancient History movies in general, an Ancient wargamer, or an Ancient History buff, then you should still rush out a see this film - it's the closest thing the film industry will give you to satisfy your tastes. I don't know how the general movie going public is going to feel about this film though - it's too intellectual for your typical teenage action movie aficionado, but probably won't attract a lot of more mature viewers who aren't also history fans. I will be surprised if "The Eagle" will be in American theaters for an extended run (but I bet it will do better overseas), so if you are looking to see it - and I surmise that readers of this blog will want to do so - then I would get out as soon as possible to do so or you'll be waiting for the DVD release.