Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
Time: 125 minutes
Release Date: January 13, 2006
From executive producer Ridley Scott (Gladiator) comes a sweeping, action-packed saga of epic battles, political intrigue and forbidden passion, set in a time when the lines between heroism and savagery were etched in fire and carved out with broadswords. After the fall of Rome, visionary warlord Marke (Rufus Sewell) seeks to unite the squabbling English tribes to form one strong nation and defeat the brutal Irish king Donnchadh. But when Lord Marke's greatest and most loyal knight, Tristan (James Franco), falls in love with Isolde (Sophia Myles), a beautiful Irish woman, it threatens to destroy the fragile truce and ignite a war. In the spirit of Braveheart and A Knight's Tale, Tristan & Isolde is a rousing tale of trust and treachery that will leave you breathless!
I'm going to preface this by admitting that I haven't watched this movie in a long time. I freely admit that I am a very emotional person. Well, for anyone who knows the legend behind Tristan & Isolde, the ending won't be a surprise for you--and you'll understand why I don't always like watching this movie. It is a beautiful love story (although they take a few liberties with the ending). Again, for anyone who knows their legends, this is the same Tristan who apparently fights with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Anyway, the costumes are beautiful, the music is stunning, and the acting is powerful. I would recommend this movie to any history lover, although I am going to warn you that you will probably cry. However, it is worth watching, especially if you're a romance writer. That might seem strange to some, but I think romance writers need to see the pain the hero and heroine can go through if they aren't allowed to be together.