Alatriste

Alatriste

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Alatriste Reviews

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Shrewlord
Shrewlord

Super Reviewer

October 21, 2010
This Spanish period piece is beautifully shot, well cast and well acted. The sword play is possibly the most realistic ever to be seen on film emphasising the brutality and pragmatism of its life or death nature and paying no homage to the sport of fencing that has developed since and usually influences such movies. The suffocating political, class and religious undertow of those times is thematic and frames the protagonist's efforts to exist with dignity in the most difficult of circumstances. Don't be put off by the subtitles if you don't speak Spanish - it's an excellent picture.
January 27, 2012
This was a little confusing since it was in Spanish (English subtitles), but Viggo Mortensen from Lord of the Rings made it enjoyable :)
Maggie9731
April 3, 2011
Great story based on the novels of Arturo Perez-Reverte about a swordsman with Virgo Mortensen. Made in Spain with English subtitles.
December 26, 2008
I was expecting the worst movie ever, but it turns out to be much better than expected ? although still bad.
Actually, Viggo is quit good, the aesthetic aspects of the film are decent, they lack the experience of Holywood technicians for big productions but they compensate with a reasonable amount of originality and ambition. The film almost never looks cheap (except the last sequence which is a total screw up).
Much of the problems come directly from the novels of Arturo Perez-Reverte. They are not very good in themselves but make for a pretty enjoyable read during a long train journey. Actually, they'd make for a perfect material for an adaptation on the silver screen. Unfortunately, for some reason the producers decided to adapt not one of the novels but five of the six episods of the series in one go. Useless to say that as a result it is simply impossible to understand the plot. Another huge problem is the fact that the film tried to translate directly what makes the interest of the novels (the danger and suspense resulting from the intrigues of the court) but really rarely makes for interesting film material. On the other hand, stuff that would really make for gripping screen action (duels, battles, gunfights) but are not so fun to read about are not very much developed.
Basically instead of slavishly adapting the novels they should have simply used the inspiration for some good Errol Flynnesque 21st century action movie, it might have been a European answer to Pirates of the Caribbeans, instead it turned out to be some half-baked mess, if it wasn't for Viggo it would have no interest at all.
February 8, 2014
One of the best movies to come out in a long time. Realistic action not the usual Hollywood comic strip crap you see these days. Some of the best sword fights ever filmed!
Pan C.
March 18, 2013
Adapted from a series of novels, the story deals with a professional mercenary. When not under contract by the army he works as a hitman in his city of recidence. This gets him into about as much trouble as expected. Because it deals with such a long period in the mans life, the film has to skip through its own story a bit, not completely drawing the viewer in all the time. Might have worked better if they had focussed more on some aspects, and let others out entirely. Alas, the choice was made, and it's not too bad, seeing it all in a single movie where other would spread less than one story out over a trilogy. The portrayal of the period makes up for a lot, with good outfits and authentic fencing. As a Dutchman I also enjoyed the little appearances "we" made. For people that like drama and adventure, or history.
Png B.
January 26, 2013
Liked the costumes the story the fights and the places.Also believe in what it stands for.
October 7, 2012
Perhaps overly long, but well acted and exquisitly shot, this Spanish production does justice to a point in history when Hapsburg Spain was at the zenith of its power. Mortensen's Spanish blends well with an otherwise Iberian cast - not much fun for those who dislike sub-titles - but as with most non-english movies, much would be lost by dubbing. The historical content is accurate and it certainly conveys the splendour and violence of the era. Meanwhile the entanglement of the lead character and his adopted son with women who posess more money and standing but less ethics, is absorbing.
September 2, 2012
I enjoyed this movie quite a bit... A lot more than I thought I would. I figure that not having to read the subtitles helps a lot in appreciating the nuances of the dialogue. The sword fighting was mesmerizing, which is something that is something exaggerated or not given too much emphasis in other movies. Viggo Mortensen was surreal portraying Alatriste, not because of his superb acting, but because I had never knew or heard him speaking Spanish, with a Castilian accent! The movie also had an amazing visual side to it, and some of the backgrounds and costumes looked like if they had been pulled out of a Velazquez painting. The story can be serendipitous at times trying to depict the political intrigue and power maneuvering going on in Madrid during the Spanish Inquisition; but the strength of this movie does not lie on the narrative, but in the portrayal of the life of the Spanish empire at the end of its splendor through the life of a soldier.
April 15, 2012
Viggo is trying but that's not enough to make this movie interesting
February 20, 2012
Not released in US.
Read the books, would like to see
Shrewlord
Shrewlord

Super Reviewer

October 21, 2010
This Spanish period piece is beautifully shot, well cast and well acted. The sword play is possibly the most realistic ever to be seen on film emphasising the brutality and pragmatism of its life or death nature and paying no homage to the sport of fencing that has developed since and usually influences such movies. The suffocating political, class and religious undertow of those times is thematic and frames the protagonist's efforts to exist with dignity in the most difficult of circumstances. Don't be put off by the subtitles if you don't speak Spanish - it's an excellent picture.
vic40186
December 3, 2010
The book by Perez-Reverte is an exciting one, in the vein of The Three Musketeers but set in Spain, rich in intrigues, adventure, thrills and romance. Unfortunately, I can't say the same on the film adaptation. There's a lot of money invested in costumes and art direction, but they worked with a preposterous script that makes the rest of the artistic values collapse. The movie lacks depth in every single thing they show onscreen, the direction is awful, Diaz Yañez overdevelops unnecessary scenes of sex and death and underdevelops trascendental moments in the book. The whole movie seems like a bunch of short scenes with no apparent relationship between them, the whole product is confusing and it was easy for me to get lost. Viggo Mortensen does a good job but he can't save this bad production from bombing.
fraser m.
June 11, 2010
This a good movie. I didnt know Viggo could speak spanish, he did a great job. the sets and costumes and props were amazing a great movie about spainish empire. the story got quiet difficult to follow but i dont know spanish so that is probably why. but a great story of a captain in the spanish army who fights many enemies home and abroad.
michael r.
January 24, 2010
Spanish film based on the books about Captain Alatriste. Excellent story of adventure in the decaying splendor of Spain.
David E.
April 1, 2009
I eagerly awaited the release of this movie as many other people did, being the most expensive movie in Spanish history and starring a Hollywood actor, Viggo Mortensen. It started off well but I ended up being dissapointed. The story became hard to follow, the action scenes were dull and I got bored of Mortensen's character.
cineador
October 3, 2006
Hablar de Alatriste es hablar de una gran superproducción en la que todo está magnificado, en la que no han reparado en gastos (como diría Richard Attenborough). La traslación a la gran pantalla de las populares novelas, unos verdaderos best-sellers, de Arturo Pérez Reverte ha sido un sueño añorado por todos los productores del cine español, imaginando hasta en sus más perversos sueños los pingües beneficios que obtendrían. Tras muchos meses de arduo trabajo, de infinidad de especulaciones y rumores, por fin, llega a las salas Alatriste, donde deberá enfrentarse a la prueba de fuego llamada taquilla, y se supone, mantener bien alto su honor ante los espectadores, y nosotros, los pérfidos de albión (también conocidos como críticos cinematográficos).

Lo cierto es que se trata de un duelo desigual, ya que Alatriste posee poderas razones y amigos (ya se sabe que buen amigo es don dinero), aunque sin embargo la película sale muy mal parada de dicho encuentro. Tiene un arranque que hace albergar alguna esperanza positiva en torno a la cinta, más pardiez, el sueño no tarda en tornarse pesadilla. Agustían Díaz Yanes, en vez de coger una única novela, aglutina en un único film más de treinta años de la vida de Alatriste (Viggo Mortensen), incluyendo la relación con sus camaradas de armas, las mujeres de su vida, y los Grandes de España. Ello supone un esfuerzo monumental, pues es resumir más de mil páginas en apenas dos horas y media, pero para su desgracia, el guión hace aguas por todos lados. Los personajes aparecen perdidos y absolutamente desdibujados, por no hablar de las relaciones que entablan entre ellos, propias de un culebrón, absurdas y en muchos casos sin explicación aparente (¿alguien se cree que Don Francisco de Quevedo iba a ser íntigo amigo de soldados y mercenarios?). Alatriste pretende no sólo entretener, sino también aleccionar al público sobre la España del siglo XVII, algo que en lo formal se consigue con éxito, pero que en el fondo no aporta nada nuevo. Por si la cinta no tuviera suficiente con una historia más que endeble, el conjunto termina por hundirse ya que Viggo Mortensen, carente de expresividad, no resulta en ningún caso creíble, por no mencionar el acento. Sobre un conjunto de interpretaciones buenas, destacan especialmente las de Eduard Fernández, que aún sin decir una palabra se come la pantalla, Juan Echanove y Javier Cámara.

Quien espere ver una película más de acción y aventuras, y no le interese mucho lo que sucede entre batalla y batalla, disfrutará con Alatriste. Quien, por el contrario esperara algo más que eso, quien esperara además una buena historia, la recomendación que desde aquí lanzamos, es que se vaya a poner una pica en Flandes.


Un saludo!
hatingvindiesel
September 7, 2006
The film mixes very good moments with not very good moments, but in general is a good and very entertaining movie.
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