Rating – **


As you would expect, Mongol is full of epic landscapes and sweeping cinematography. Yet nothing is outstanding. We’ve seen everything before, including the slightly tired battle sequence. Since when was it original and exciting to follow an arrow through the air to its target? 300 and Lord of the Rings have already got that covered. So with the wow factor diminished the film relies on the undeniably fascinating story of one of the most significant human beings to ever live. There are many sweet moments between Genghis Khan and his wife and children. Humour is well used too, preventing things from becoming too earnest and dull. Yet there is a definite lag in the later half of the film. At one point I actually felt quite sleepy. Bizarrely many of the most interesting parts of the story are skipped or quickly glossed over by text. Such as “Genghis Khan went on to conquer half the world” Really? Well let’s see it! Mongol certainly isn’t a bad film, just one which misses some opportunities which could have led to greatness. It also feels much longer than two hours.

~ by thewholebuffalo on July 9, 2009.

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