Spain 17th century.Diego Alatriste, brave and heroic soldier, is fighting under his King's army in the Flandes region. His best mate, Balboa, falls in a trap and near to die ask to Diego, as his last desire, to looking after his son Inigo and grow him as a soldier. Alatriste has to come back to Madrid. Written by
The film is based in a series of novels written by former Spanish war correspondent Arturo Pérez-Reverte. He had the idea for the books when he had a look at his daughter Carlota's History book from school and saw that only one page was devoted to the 'Siglo de Oro', the years in the 16th-17th centuries when Spain was the world's dominating superpower. Carlota, then 12, helped her father research the period, and the first novel, published in 1996, was published with 'Arturo y Carlota Pérez-Reverte' as the author. Five novels were published before the film was shot, and the film is based in the most important episodes in all of them... and beyond. The sixth novel was published in Spain in December 2006, and Pérez-Reverte has said he has drawn some inspiration from the film for the upcoming novels. See more »
When the group walks back from their white flag meeting with the French commander at the battle of Rocroi, the movie focuses on how few Spanish soldiers are left. In the foreground a few casualties can be seen. On the left a man in brown clothes lying on his back, his spear in his right hand. A little to the right in this same shot exactly the same casualty in exactly the same pose can be seen, except for a few details regarding the shadows on the ground. See more »
Just saw the movie today and have to say that it was a very nice surprise.
Two years ago I read a couple of books within the 5-books saga by Spanish writer Arturo Pérez Reverte and have to say that the movie captures the complexity of Capitán Alatriste and the rest of characters as well as recreates the atmosphere that is present in the books in the 17th century of Spain. Quite difficult deals bearing in mind the ambitious narrative line traced in the books, were good and bad concepts are just embossed (I guess it was like that in Spain 3-4 centuries ago).
There would be a lot to say but just briefly, the story is good and entertaining, the movie is brilliant recreating the books (in my imagination, Alatriste is exactly Viggo's characterization/performance), script is powerful, actors and actresses performance's are in average good, remarking Viggo Mortensen (Alatriste), Javier Cámara (Conde-Duque de Olivares) and Juan Echanove (Francisco de Quevedo). Special mention to the clothing, light, ambiance and the interiors. Just exactly the same you can see in Velazquez and Goyas pictures in the Prado Museum in Madrid! In the bad side, I felt the rhythm was bit slow a few times, and maybe more digital effects to recreate opened scenarios would have been good idea. But maybe these are just personal feelings (used to megaproductions!).
Nice surprise from the Spanish industry. Entertaining. I will definitely read the three books left in the saga!
52 of 74 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?