Queen Guinevere has to choose between her heart and her duty.It is her destiny to marry king Arthur but can she deny herself of her true love for Lancelot?Arthur and Lancelot, both in love with a queen, must soon overcome their rivalry and became a team.
Not all that bad for an Arthurian TV movie
Guinevere I am one who doesn’t think any Arthurian movie can top Boorman’s ‘Excalibur’. With that said, this movie is not all that bad. The story has most of the core elements of the Arthurian legends. It has a few interesting plot twists which are worth viewing if you are a die-hard fan of the legends. It’s no masterpiece, but it’s a low-budget TV movie and not a high-budget motion picture. Most of the dialogue and acting is purely professional and Shakespearean in it’s approach. I think it could have been cast somewhat better however, the characters of Noah Wyle (Lancelot) and Sean Patrick Flanery (King Arthur) should have been switched. I can clearly see why this alone receives mixed reviews.
Guinevere surely won’t win any awards, but for a single viewing it is entertaining to the right audience.
Not like Excalibur ( 1981 ) but something unique.
Guinevere Well, I was hoping for a Joan of Arc ( Saving Britian, as a girl in armour, instead of France ) version of Boorman’s Excalibur from 1981 but this is something different. It is still magical, in a make “make love, not war” way. Especielly during one of the last scenes, when she comes down the hill in the white dress. I was awaiting for something more like Rohirrims charge in The Two Towers,
Otherwise, the scenery was very beautiful and the music worked well with the movie. The castle looks like a very small version of the worlds biggest castle Malbork, in Poland which is one thing I love about this movie.
The battle music was kind of dull ( lack of power, no charisma ) but good in a odd way. The scene when Arthur is charging into the fray reminds me of the opening scene of Excalibur 1981. So I watch that scene before i watch the opening in Excalibur, it becomes way more epic, I mean like listening to weak song cover than hearing the glorious cover.
I watched it mostly because I love the Medieval times and because I like Sean Patrick Flanery as an actor. He was quite good and youthful in this, with quotes like “We got these new things called crossbows”. But he has no king-like charisma, just the “polite and good looking frat boy who likes to fight”. One thing I didn’t like was how he removed his gloves in two scenes, since he was talking, it made his line delivery odd and rushed.
I will give this 6/10 A good movie if you like make love not war but it is nothing compared to Braveheart or Excalibur, it is something unique,thus I am remembering it due to it’s uniqueness.