Has anyone seen The Eagle? I just got back from seeing it, and I really liked it. It followed a fairly standard action/adventure formula, but I think it pulled it off well. It had lots of good action, great costuming and scenery, and good pacing. I’m sure you could nitpick a million little historical inaccuracies, but as an amateur history buff there were a couple of things I liked. They don’t inject modern values too much into the story. The film makes it clear that Romans had somewhat different, if still recognizable, concepts of honor. Roman soldiers fight in formation (although I think they were a little gratuitous with the tortoise maneuver) and something I swear I’ve never seen done before, the Romans actually throw their javelins! In most works on Rome I’ve seen, the Romans might carry their javelins, but they almost never use them as javelins.
So overall, The Eagle wasn’t a revolutionary work of art, but I think it was a very well done action adventure movie. So go see it if you like that type of movie.
Anyone else see The Eagle? Got anything to say about it?