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Alatriste Reviews

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April 25, 2012
Love mid-evil Viggo.m
½ April 22, 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 30, 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.
December 13, 2011
Too much happens, and none of seems to be connected.
½ November 24, 2011
Longwinded, booring and jumping around too much.
Super Reviewer
½ October 18, 2011
This Spanish period piece is beautifully shot, well cast and well acted. The sword play is possibly the most realistic ever to be seen on film emphasising the brutality and pragmatism of its life or death nature and paying no homage to the sport of fencing that has developed since and usually influences such movies. The suffocating political, class and religious undertow of those times is thematic and frames the protagonist's efforts to exist with dignity in the most difficult of circumstances. Don't be put off by the subtitles if you don't speak Spanish - it's an excellent picture.
October 5, 2011
With a large production for an European movie, it tries to reach Hollywood-esque proportions, reaching it every once in a while, failing then again at most of its points.
Interesting with a different way of doing things, it gains points with its Spanish charm, an amazing wardrobe and many great realistic war-scenes from the 16th century... but then again, it simply leaves way too many loose ends. The story, altho interesting as plausible as it gets, it never takes the audience anywhere, it goes without an specific goal. Some acting comes quite forced through, as well as Mortensen's accent at the beginning of the movie btw, and most of the love scenes feel like they where just ripped out of a telenovela.
Like said, interesting, specially if one has an fable for history. Entertaining most of the time... but that's that I guess. Watchable... somehow...
August 14, 2011
Too much happens, and none of seems to be connected.
June 9, 2011
"Capitaine Alatriste"
April 5, 2011
Great story based on the novels of Arturo Perez-Reverte about a swordsman with Virgo Mortensen. Made in Spain with English subtitles.
March 2, 2011
one of the worst movies that I've ever watched, one star is for Elena Anaya..
½ December 26, 2010
Enjoyable swashbuckling, although it all seemed rather pointless
December 20, 2010
Promete con buena ambientación y actuaciones, pero la historia está muy mal contada (problemas de continuidad/edición) lo que aburre bastante. Se me hizo eterna.
December 3, 2010
The book by Perez-Reverte is an exciting one, in the vein of The Three Musketeers but set in Spain, rich in intrigues, adventure, thrills and romance. Unfortunately, I can't say the same on the film adaptation. There's a lot of money invested in costumes and art direction, but they worked with a preposterous script that makes the rest of the artistic values collapse. The movie lacks depth in every single thing they show onscreen, the direction is awful, Diaz Yañez overdevelops unnecessary scenes of sex and death and underdevelops trascendental moments in the book. The whole movie seems like a bunch of short scenes with no apparent relationship between them, the whole product is confusing and it was easy for me to get lost. Viggo Mortensen does a good job but he can't save this bad production from bombing.
October 14, 2010
Excelentes valores de produccion no salvan 2 horas y media de aburrimiento y malas actuaciones.
October 6, 2010
O filme, apesar de não ser uma mega-produção hollywoodesca, é bastante razoável.

Não estando pejado de efeitos especiais e cenas de acção, "a la Pirata das Caraíbas", tem uma grande vantagem... O realizador e os produtores foram espectaculares, no rigor histórico.

Não vão encontrar aqui falhas monumentais, como em Braveheart, em nome do espectáculo.
September 4, 2010
C'est bon de revoir Viggo une épée à la main, même si ce n'est pas le meilleur film de cape et d'épée que j'ai pu voir...
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