In the "medieval" legend of
Tristan and Isolde, young lovers become doomed against the forces of
politics. "English" knight Tristan wins the hand of the daughter
of the Irish King, but the love threatens the truce between their two
countries. Or so the info reads on Yahoo.
The plot summary seems to read
like a bashing together of multiple times, end of Roman rule, dark age
struggle between Irish settlers and British in the western areas of the
isle, and medieval tournaments with
chivalric knights. The story seems to follow the general outline of the
legend with the usual twists and changes made for personal and political
reasons by a modern writer. King Marke (Rufus Sewell) portrays an Arthur style king
seeking to unite the tribes against an outside invader, the Irish under
King Donnchadh. Isolde is won by Tristan for Marke at tournament rather
than as reward for coming to the aid of her father's kingdom. The potion
of the legend may have given way to pure passion.
Perhaps this will be better than
last year's King Arthur which was an enjoyable movie but got caught up
between a real Arthur and a hodge-podge of legend and modern fantasy. I
will follow up with my own views after the opening weekend.
J B Blanc, Thomas Morris, Bronagh
Gallagher, Todd Kramer, Dexter Fletcher