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.
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.
Read the books, would like to see
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
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.