Tristan + Isolde (2006, USA) C-125m. ** D: Kevin Reynolds. Starring James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell, David O'Hara, Mark Strong, Henry Cavill. Historical epic based on the love story between the title characters (originally conceived by Richard Wagner for opera), who fall for each other during a difficult time for the English and Irish. As they are from opposing sides, Tristan first abandons Isolde, then realizes that their love is immortal. Pleasant enough, beautifully staged, but lacks spark, especially in convincing us Tristan (Franco) is a passionate character.

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