Holy cow, this movie was BAD!!!
I had just been teaching the rowdy history of the Plantagenets - the tempestuous reign of Henry II, the adroit, cool-handed manipulations of Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the four royal sons nicknamed "the Devil's Brood" - Henry the Young King, taken in his prime, Richard the Warrior, Geoffrey the Schemer, and John the Toad . . . when what should I see on the shelves at Hasting's but a new movie called RICHARD THE LION HEART! I bypassed zombies, creature features, and a new haunted asylum flick to rent this promising work!
But alas, I was disappointed. When a movie about Richard the Lionheart begins in 55 BC with Caesar's expedition into Gaul, something is wrong.
What follows is a confusing mess of a story line, about an enchanted sword - or is it about a hellish prison where the inmates have to endure the three torments - or is it about a spoiled prince learning to be a king - or is it a story of forbidden love between a prisoner and one of the captive girls who tends the jail? Or maybe it's about the tense relationship between Henry II and his two oldest sons? I CAN'T TELL!!!!! And the director couldn't either!
Badly acted, badly written, poorly filmed, badly lit, and confusing, I was grateful when this piece of dreck ended.
I rarely award a skull to a movie - I can forgive a lot, and I'm easily entertained - but this movie SUCKED!!!!