“The Eagle” Eh…

Genres: Action/Adventure, Art/Foreign, Drama and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.
Release Date: February 11th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for battle sequences and some disturbing images.
Distributors: Focus Features


Director: Kevin MacDonald

JJ Rating: C+

See it again: No.
Own it: No.
Recommend it to: People that like Channing Tatum and those that think he can’t act, because he’s gotten better.


Good
Acting by Jamie Bell and Channing Tatum
Action scene toward the end with only sound of the weapons, nothing else.

Bad
Dragged in all the wrong places.
Too many boring parts.
Not enough action.
The eagle itself was boring looking.
Disliked the script.
Lacked enough emotion.

Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) wants to right the perception of his father and his family name, so he has to retrieve a lost eagle with the help from his slave Esca (Jamie Bell). The Eagle.

First, I must praise Channing Tatum. I am really harsh on his acting. When I see he stars in a film it makes me not want to see it. I assume that it’ll be terrible because his acting can be that bad. The only reason I even bothered giving The Eagle a chance was because of Jamie Bell. I’ve seen him in a few movies and he can act in an effortless manner. Tatum has this issue with being the right kind of emotion at the right time and not overdoing it. This time, however, he improved a lot. I was very impressed. It’s still not great, but for him it’s very, very good.

That last fight was neat because of the way they decided to use the sound. That’s probably one of the best decisions the director made. Everything in the scene was silent but the two people fighting. It worked so well. One of the worst things in the film has to be the eagle. I don’t know, it didn’t look like it was worth saving. That had to do with the way it looked and the way it was played up. The emotional connection to the object they were to retrieve for Rome was not only weak, it was practically non-existent.

The Eagle failed because of the weak script and the flat dramatic moments. The story had a strong base to build upon, but didn’t. The script used hollow words and unemotional scenes made a terrible script worse.

I cannot blame the acting, because the acting was not at fault. The directing and the script have to take the brunt of the fault. Kevin MacDonald did a bad job as director. He could have pushed for more emotional moments that would have drove some of the lull parts into emotional highs.

Meh, I don’t feel into giving more detailed opinion. See The Eagle to see Tatum act his best. Not a single other reason comes to mind.

It’s very Crapuary.

I write like: Gertrude Stein

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