Movie Perfect for Valentine's Day
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If you're looking for a great movie to see for
Valentine's Day, then "Tristan & Isolde" is the movie
"Tristan & Isolde" is the perfect combination of action and
romance. The director, Kevin Reynolds, wanted to tell a
story about the Dark Ages because records were not kept
back then, so not a lot is known from that era.
The tagline of the movie reads, "Before Romeo & Juliet, there was …"
The story is very similar to that of "Romeo & Juliet"
except that instead of coming from two feuding families,
Tristan, played by James Franco, and Isolde, played by
Sophia Myles, come from two feuding countries.
The movie takes place during the Dark Ages after the fall of the
Roman Empire. The barons of Britain meet to come to an
agreement to unite to stop Ireland's control of them.
The Irish attack the village and kill most of its
occupants while the barons are trying to agree on
signing a treaty. Tristan, the son of the lord who wants
the barons to unite, watches both of his parents die
during the attacks. He is saved from being killed by the
Irish and taken in by Lord Marke, another British baron.
Across the ocean, Isolde watches as her mother is cremated. Both
Tristan and Isolde grow older. Isolde's father, King
Donnchadh, tells Isolde that she will marry an Irish
warrior whether she wants to or not. Isolde's betrothed
goes with others to Britain for another attack.
Tristan's village is raided again. This time, the Irish
take the women as prisoners. Tristan leads the rest of
the men against the Irish and frees the women and kills
all the Irish warriors, except for the leader and two
men. They spare these three Irish warriors so they can
go home and tell their king what happened.
By a twist of fate, Tristan makes it to Ireland, and circumstances
cause Isolde to find him and take care of him. Isolde
refuses to tell Tristan her true identity, so he thinks
she is a lady in waiting at the king's court. Tristan
and Isolde grow close as she risks her safety everyday
to care for him. Tristan finds out that Isolde is
promised to another man, but their love continues to
grow. Yet it cannot end that way.
This tale of love and war should satisfy everyone. Not only does it
have tons of battle scenes, but it also has a story of
how love truly does conquer all and the sacrifices
people make for love.
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