I have held off posting reviews of The Last Legion. My hope has always been that it might win numerous Oscars and on the back of it The Last Roman makes it to the top of the NY Times bestseller list. I could then retire to a small island while minions bring me ridiculously fruit-heavy rum-based cocktails at regular intervals.
Another plan for retirement might be needed.
Initial reviews suggest a total and utter suckfest. The first real one has been from a magazine in South Africa. It does not mince words.
Rai can't act at all, but it is fun to see her try at being an Angelina Jolie / Lara Croft style bad ass action heroine. (She's of course gorgeous to simply gawp at.) Kingsley - in laughable fake beard – is in “take the cheque and run” mode while Firth . . . well, Firth is as mediocre as the movie he's in, but there's a reason why Firth never made it to the A-list of Hollywood leading men.
Last Legion has its fair share of goofy elements – big hairy muscled guys with Viking helmets looking like either ‘Eighties metal band members or Wagner opera extras always have us chuckling appreciatively in our popcorn. What's not to like? However the sad truth is that the film never really truly embraces its own goofiness and keeps it at arm's length. The Last Legion never realises that it is a bad movie and suffers for it. A more energetic and over-the-top approach would have served the film better. The film's pacing and editing is simply too slow.
The full review here. Straight to video then?