Based on an actual Greek tragedy of epic proportions, which inspired a novel by Louis de Bernieres, Captain Corelli's Mandolin has finally been adapted to the big screen, with largely positive results.
The result is far from perfect, but to its many merits, add timing. You never get a movie with this kind of story in mid-August, when studios usually dump youth-audience dogs before the kids go back to school.
Think of it as the anti-Pearl Harbor. Relying more on story and character than special effects, this moving adaptation of Louis de Bernières novel achieves everything that Michael Bay's empty spectacle could not.