Ok so let's talk about Tristan+Isolde. First thing's first, let's get the bad out of the way. I've read several of the viewers reviews on here, and there seems to be a trend of "oh Franco is totally hot and he MADE this movie," so let me just come right out and say that I emphatically disagree. No disrespect to Franco, I mean, he was amazing in Camille and The Pineapple Express, but his performance in this film was wooden and unnecessarily broody. Some broodiness is called for but I can't remember seeing him smile once in this role. Also, to make matters worse, his English accent (we'll say English here, and not Cornish because many people will not know the difference on this site, and even still, these characters are well over one thousand years old and have been told and re-told in so many other countries that their nationalities are fluid in lore) it was absolutely appalling. For me, as an American, it's was like hearing Goldie Lookin' Chain fake an American accent...it just wasn't pretty, and horribly noticeable. However, the film itself was very well done. Sofia Myles was great in the role of Isolde, but let's not forget the supporting cast. Rufus Sewell was stellar as the honourable King Marke, David O'Hara was great in his role as the ruthless Irish king Donnchadh. My two absolute favourites, though, had to be Bronagh Gallagher as Isolde's maid, Brangnae and Henry Cavill as Marke's nephew, Melot. In fact, many people have said they were absolutely heartbroken over the death of Tristan and, while I admit, I was totally sad he died (though I'm well familiar with the story, as I've read it dozens of times, so I knew it wouldn't end well!) I have to say that I personally was more upset when Melot died, because here is a man who seemed to be genuinely good hearted, but suffered the very preventable neglect of his uncle for years... basically, his whole life. Because of this neglect, he became blinded by jealousy and betrayed his kinsman, and ultimately, all his countrymen. I don't mind saying that when Melot lay dying in the underground tunnel, and told Tristan the reason he had betrayed them was because he "thought someone believed in me" my heart broke right there and then, and even Tristan's death paled in comparison. THAT is how strong Cavill's performance in this piece was, and he was only a supporting part! Now for the scenery, which I've seen criticized as "colourless", I have only this to say...It's Britain for goodness sake! I don't know if these reviewers are unfamiliar with British weather, but as someone who has a Welsh husband and lives in Wales, let me clue you in...it's wet, it rains a lot and is very often foggy and cool outside (hey, I'm from the American South so it's cold to me!) If you want a film with bright colors, watch something set someplace else. Costumes were decent, set pieces were passable but nothing fabulous and the score was not off putting by any means, but nor was it memorable. All in all, though, the story is solid...I mean, it would have to be, right??? It's over a thousand years old. A bad story wouldn't be remembered and loved for long. So, in conclusion, would I recommend it? You bet I would. My 15 year old nephew actively begs to watch this film at least once every six months (probably for the fight scenes, which are pretty awesome) and if that's not recommendation enough, then I don't know what is, cause it's not every love story that can hold the attention of a rough and tumble teenage boy!