Usually when a movie isn’t released to the critics ahead of time, that’s a sign…
With a cast including Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Peter Mullan, John Hannah and Kevin McKidd one would expect something decent to come along with the requisite expense.
Unfortunately, The Last Legion was more like an ABC Family Channel special that was too cinematic for TV. This wouldn’t be such a bad thing if you know what to expect. However, with a measuring stick like 300 fresh on my mind, not to mention the HBO series Rome, the clumsy script, choppy editing and absurdly fake looking beard worn by Ben Kingsley was too much of a distraction allow me to really enjoy my $10.50 ticket’s worth of movie.
This movie also features the amazingly beautiful Indian actress, Aishwarya Rai. She plays a disguised warrior of the Turkish Empire. The disguise is thrown off (castely because she’s a lady dammit–don’t get your hopes up) and actually she provided the only real performace that didn’t see either totally self-conscious or comically over the top.
I guess it’s important to note that The Last Legion is not a bad movie. It’s simply that the movie posters and trailers make it appear to be an epic while in reality it’s more of a family movie that has enough elements of enjoyment to allow childen and parents to enjoy it together.