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Review by Licia:
A somewhat incongruous but still beautiful,
entertaining film that hasn't achieved much fame,
probably because it's inaccuracies won't sit well with
period buffs while it's quiet, episodic quality will
make those of us who aren't period buffs think it's a
too-far ingrained "period" film. Too bad, because the
performances are awesome and the film itself is full
of solid drama, swordfights, and a couple of fresh
love stories. Jason's part in the film as the
self-loathing alcoholic is another cliche (especially
with all the clumsy falls he must take as the
villain), but of course he makes classy work of his
role as the title character's older brother, perfectly
delicious with his watery eyes, crude volatility, and
dark, hissing demeanor.
Watch it for Jason, definitely, but have a good time
with Richard E. Grant and Miranda Richardson as well.
Of all the talent that shows up in this film, these
three are obviously having the most fun.