Tag Archives: Historical Epic

Review in Brief: The King (2019)

There’s a fine balance between under-acting and over-acting and THE KING doesn’t always manage to strike it. They cram every hot English-speaking character actor in there somewhere, with Joel Edgerton as a tragicomic Falstaff, Ben Mendelsohn a mad king, Sean … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Outlaw King (2018)

Don’t compare OUTLAW KING to BRAVEHEART, compare it to IRONCLAD. This is brutal, dirty history, and there’s not a kilt in sight. Chris Pine is a softly spoken and dignified Robert the Bruce, Florence Pugh is a fiery counterpoint to … Continue reading

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Review: Pompeii (2014)

Well, that was disappointing. When it was announced an all-out modern blockbuster was being made based on the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, I thought, what could go wrong? You’ve got inbuilt human pathos, the chance to … Continue reading

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Review: Ironclad (2011)

There have been a lot of historical epics in the past couple of decades – next to the superhero movie, it has become a favourite blockbuster genre, and tends to be more favoured come awards season. Though it flew somewhat under … Continue reading

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