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Alatriste Reviews

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December 17, 2006
Viggo Mortensen is of course the perfect choice for the battle-hardened Captain who has to fight fellow musketeers and court intrigues. The action is much like the film itself: realistic, unspectacular, grounded, and blunt. Sadly, the pacing is off several times, some of the parts of the film feel very episodic. The flow suffers from that and makes the film feel much longer than it already is. Which is too bad, because there are moments of brilliance. Several scenes even look like old period paintings. Unfortunately, that's not enough to entertain.
½ January 20, 2015
Película española de gran presupuesto con una excelente ambientación, pero que decae en la dirección, tal vez con otro director las aventuras del capitán Alatriste personaje salido de las novelas de Pérez Reverte saldría más airoso.
½ July 8, 2008
Not a very good film, but I liked the evolution of the different characters that come together from war to war, and what are their relations in peace. Also good photography (perfect photography, as if Velazquez had done it), and the war against Flandes: it looked a sort of Vietman for Spain.

The main failure of the film was, instead of taking the first story of the books of Alatriste, try to condesate them all together, so there is a mix nobody understands and which goes so quick... Also, good characters not completely developed because of telling so many things in such a little time. Actors where good although some were more credible than others -but in any case, most of the cast was marvelous-. Scenography is good; combination of cast and scenography creates some marvelous scenes, sometimes crepuscular; wonderful a very symbolic scene with Elena Anaya when she is in the steps of a stair. Another great defect in the movie: the story is not finished in the books and here they looked for an end without getting it, just walking with no sense, so some scenes are repeated just because it seems there are not more ideas.
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!
October 6, 2013
Seeing Viggo speaking Spanish is almost reason alone to watch this one. Another good reason is that it's something as unusual as a narrative of great power politics of the early 17th century from a Spanish point-of-view, clearly breaking the otherwise very Anglo-centric material that usually graces the big screen. It also has an all around solid cast, generally speaking. If you like historical dramas, this one is not bad, if someone unevenly paced and...well...long.
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.
January 26, 2013
Liked the costumes the story the fights and the places.Also believe in what it stands for.
½ January 25, 2013
Película española de gran presupuesto con una excelente ambientación, pero que decae en la dirección, tal vez con otro director las aventuras del capitán Alatriste personaje salido de las novelas de Pérez Reverte saldría más airoso.
½ March 12, 2009
Une belle fresque.
Meme si il manque ce petit + qui en aurait fait un grand film et que l'action est parfois un peu decousue, l'ensemble reste ma fois de fort bonne facture. Enfin, si le format differe qq peu de l'1h30 syndicale, les 2h30 ne sont pas trop longues.
½ 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.
½ September 25, 2012
Gracias a mi hermano me hice fanático de la obra de Perez-Reverte, sus novelas son magnificas, la serie de las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste son unas de las historias que mas he disfrutado, sobre todo por esa maestría como conjuga la ficción con hechos y acontecimientos históricos. Ahora bien tenemos que partir que el lenguaje literario es distinto que el lenguaje cinematográfico y que nunca podremos encontrar exactitud a rajatabla cuando se adapta uno al otro, pero si es necesario respetar algunos elementos básicos dentro de la historia. Por ejemplo una Angelica Alquezar con los cabellos negros y sin los ojos azules donde se perdía Iñigo y ademas casada con el Duque de Guadalmedina, el Capitan matando a Curro Garrote, El General Spinola hablando con el Capitan en Rocroi en lugar del sitio de Breda, la ausencia de la famosa pluma roja en el chapeo de ala ancha, todo ello altera una extraordinaria historia que quisieron condensar en poco mas de 2 horas. Es lamentable la adaptación hecha por Augustin Diaz Yanez, queriendo transformar a Iñigo y Angelica en unos amantes desdichados victimas de las circunstancias y quitandole la esencia de este ultimo persona que no es mas que la maldad pura detrás de unos tirabuzones amarillos como el sol. Ahora bien la película como tal no es tan mala, la recreación del Madrid de 1600 es muy buena, así como el vestuario y las localizaciones. Se que no estoy siendo objetivo pero la verdad me dolió ver como destruían una historia y ratifico lo que siempre dicho una cosa es tener intención y otra capacidad.
½ 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.
July 23, 2012
I just love to see Viggo Mortensen back on period films where he does it so fine.
½ May 5, 2012
Technically looks and feels alright. Sadly they've tried to cram in way too much which leads to a jumpy, incoherent story-telling.
April 25, 2012
Love mid-evil Viggo.m
½ 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
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 :)
½ January 23, 2012
an amazing piece of art!
The casting is fantastic and all characters are so real and believable that you are immersed into the story immediately.
The swordplay is exceptional and truly realistic, such flair and great footwork.
You hardly notice that hours have gone by.
As well as all that, the spoken language is beautiful, Spanish is the most beautiful language
December 29, 2011
During the 17th century in the Spanish Empire, Diego Alatriste (Viggo Mortensen) is a soldier in the service of King Felipe IV, during the Eighty Years War. In the Netherlands, where Diego Alatriste fights against the Dutch during the Dutch Revolt, his comrade in arms Lope Balboa is killed and Diego promises to take care of his son Inigo Balboa. He is then hired, along with a Sicilian assassin named Gualterio Malatesta to kill the Prince of Wales (future King Charles I of England) and his companion, the Duke of Buckingham. This is the beginning of deceit, battle, friendship, honour and love for Alatriste...

This is a well made and expensive costumedrama. I do like the timeperiod. The clothes, weaponary, the question of honour/love and the battles. Viggo Mortensen is convincing as Alatriste sporting a cool moustache and hat. I liked "Alatriste", but it is not a movie I will see again.
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