The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

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The heavy-handed narrative collapses under its own weight.

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Mystic, maiden, martyr - whatever you choose to call her, it is difficult to dispute that Joan of Arc led a remarkably accomplished life for a peasant girl who never went to school ... and never saw her 20th birthday. It all began in 1429, when a teenage girl from a remote village in France stood before the world and announced she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country.

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Faye Dunaway
Yolande D'Aragon
Dustin Hoffman
The Conscience
Pascal Greggory
The Duke of Alençon
Vincent Cassel
Gilles de Rais
Marc Jenny
Executive Producer
Oldrich Mach
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Eric Serra
Original Music
Thierry Arbogast
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Sylvie Landra
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Critic Reviews for The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

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Audience Reviews for The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

  • Oct 05, 2013
    Luc Besson's The Messenger is a fairly underrated dramatic action film about Joan of Arc. Although not perfect, I found this one to be much better than what most critics have said about it. The film packs action and those scenes are very well done, but in terms of effective storytelling, I felt that the performances were decent, but what really stood out were the battle scenes. In terms of story, this does a good job at telling Joan of Arc's story, but it is not accurate either. The film has the potential of sparking interest in the subject. Milla Jovovich does what she can and she gives a fairly good performance here, but the film overall will never stand out in terms of an epic. In retrospect, there are far better films than this, but The Messenger is still mindless popcorn fair that is fun from start to finish. Of course there are things that seem out of place, but overall, it's definitely not as bad as what I'd think it would be. There are things that could have been improved upon considering its subject, but in the end, it's a fairly accomplished movie that manages to be quite good despite its flaws. If you're going into this film expecting something historically accurate, then you'll be disappointed. Director Luc Besson obviously takes creative liberties with Joan of Arc's story. Go into this one expecting a mindless action drama with an interesting plot, but it is never anything great either. I enjoyed it, but felt it should have been much better. The story had the potential of being truly memorable, and with that being said, The Messenger is good, but the definitive Joan of Arc film has yet to be made.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2013
    Gritty and impassioned, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc is a powerful historical epic from director Luc Besson. During England's occupation of France during the Hundred Years' War a young maiden named Joan, who claims to have received visions from God, petitions the Dauphin of France to give her an army to drive out the English. The film does an excellent job at showing the conflict within Joan as she's swept up in the fever of war but struggles to remain righteous. The violence of the film is brutal and quite graphic, giving a real authentic feel to the warfare of the time. And, the performances by Milla Jovovich and Dustin Hoffman are extraordinary. The score is also done well and really complements the film. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc is a thrilling and provocative biopic that provides new insight into a fascinating historical figure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2012
    It made it seems as if Joan of Arc is insane... But I love the battle scenes and monologues, it's a nice epic film.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2011
    It is an interesting movie with good battle scenes, and a story that I personally like it, but the constant allusions are upset and bad.
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer

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