Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, The

Starring: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Dustin Hoffman, Greggory Pascal, Faye Dunaway

Directed by: Luc Besson

Produced by: Leeloo Productions, Gaumont

Distributed by: Columbia, Sony

Genre: fantasy

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B+ B+ B+
Review by Xibo Date seen: November 13, 1999
Viewing Location: Ridgefield, NJ Grade: B+
Summary: The first half is quite excellent
The first half of this long film is excellent, telling the story of Joan of Arc's rise to power, and the epic battles she has. If you're a fan of medieval combat and large battles, you'll love this movie. The sets and costumes are fabulous, and the soundtrack is very well done. Milla Jovovich makes a fine Joan. Unfortunately the second half of the film isn't about combat, it's about the politics behind her capture and execution. It's also about her coming to terms with her conscience, who she believes is God, played very, very well by Dustin Hoffman. John Malkovich is precious as the king-to-be, and Greggory Pascal plays a great bad guy. If only the pacing of the first half of the film had been carried all the way through, this would have been an excellent movie. Instead, everything just kind of "falls over" and limps to the inevitable, dreaded conclusion. 

B+ B+ B+
Review by Brian Date seen: June 10, 2000
Viewing Location: My living room Grade: B+
Summary: overall OK
Other than disagreeing on the first half/second half, Xibo's review is pretty much on.

The dream sequences in the first half dragged a bit for me, the 2nd half seemed like a summary of things. It seemed to be missing the middle part.

Yeah, Milla can act. And sing. I look forward to her next film and her next album. And yes, Dustin Hoffman rocked. 

B+ B+ B+
Review by KDarkMaiden Date seen: May 4, 2002
Viewing Location: Living Room Grade: B+
Summary: Not the best movie, but entertaining
There were a few odd things about the movie, like the funky dream sequences. I was a bit confused and I agree with Brian's review mostly (I dont know much about Milla). Anyway, I really loved Dustin Hoffman. My favorite part was when they were talking about all the signs she was getting and he's like, "No, that was a sword in a field." He he 

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