It takes a lot of balls to remake a film that is already considered part of the cannon of untouchable motion picture classics. It would be similar to remaking "The Wizard of Oz," "Gone With the Wind," "Citizen Kane," or "The Godfather." And yet, the makers of this two-part film succeeded in producing a remake that - while not as unique or enchanting as the original - stands on its own as a quality film.
Keira Knightley does a terrific job. Hans Matheson has moments of over-acting, but is still adequate. And Sam Neill is appropriately arrogant and villainous. Though this film has a greater sense of realism than the original, it lacks the original's sheer visual beauty. Nonetheless, this is a well-made, emotionally stirring remake.