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The Eagle

I took a flexi afternoon off and went to see The Eagle yesterday. I'm glad I saw it in the cinema because those wonderful vistas need a big screen.

I enjoyed it. It was exciting all the way through. The attack on the Roman Fort by the northern tribes was scary. It was interesting to see, rather than only read about, the Roman fighting tactics against the Britons.  The soldiers could take quite a battering if they stayed discliplined and in their formations. The tribal people fought individually and wildly. If the soldiers stood firm they could beat much larger numbers. There was a battle over the Wall between the Romans commanded by Agricola and a confederation of  northern tribes that ended with many thousands of the Britons dead and only a few hundred Romans.

The seal people were scary too, running relentlessly after our heroes. I liked the idea of the Roman soldiers who had "gone native" and been adopted by tribes. The only disappointing part was the ending, which was weak.

A film well worth seeing.



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Apr. 19th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad saw it and enjoyed it! I thought the filming was utterly breathtaking.

I admit, I like the ending, but I'm looking forward to the dvd because apparently there was an another ending filmed, and they decided to go with the one they used, but supposedly the alternate one is rather different. *crosses fingers* It better be on the dvd!
Apr. 20th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
The movie made me want to go to Scotland!

I thought that the "Where now?" and "You choose" at the end sounded too contemporary.
Apr. 19th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that you finally got to see it! As greenhoodloxley said, there is an alternate ending that is supposedly on the DVD and I'm really looking foward to it. :)
Apr. 20th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I went to see it in the cinema instead of waiting for the DVD to come out.
Apr. 20th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
I haven't seen The Eagle, so it was great to get your opinion of the film. It sounds like it was definitely worth seeing on the big screen. I'm glad you enjoyed it, though it's too bad it had a weak ending.
Apr. 20th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
The scenes in the Scottish Highlands are breathtaking on a big screen.

The ending didn't spoil the film.

Apr. 20th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Man, I'm completely out of the loop. I've never even heard of The Eagle. Who's in it? Glad you liked it though.
Apr. 21st, 2011 09:17 am (UTC)
It's a film based on Rosemary Sutcliff's novel The Eagle of the Ninth, about the search for the Eagle of the Ninth Roman Legion that disappeared in what is now Scotland.

The main actors are Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, both unknown to me.
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