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From the Roman records we know the Celts used guerilla tactics like the Gauls and covered themselves in paint and put mud in their hair similar to First Nations warriors who also took coup rather than kill their enemy. the Celts considered women as equals a fact that stunned the Romans who subjegated woman. Claudius the Emperor who completed the roman invasion after julius ceasar is accurately depicted as a quiet ruler w/ a stutter who seldom entered into war. He was a buracrat by nature. No wonder Boudicca thought she could win despite being up against a culture built on war when her society were farmers.
Since this story is told from the Saxon point of view why wouldn't the Romans be depicted as "bad". Every story needs an antagonest to offset Boudicca as the protegonist -- historical fiction rememnber. A historically based legend of a courageous woman who took on the Romans against horrific odds to defend her homeland.Read more ›
I am a little perturbed by the quibbling over language. We shouldn't be concerned about the script containing modern expressions. . . to be so is to hold the script to artificial and inaccurate standards. In fact, these people were all speaking pre-modern forms of Celtic languages and Latin. (No one spoke English, and if they had, we would not understand a word of it now.) So what, do we demand they all speak Iceni? Latin? Anglo-Saxon? The point is communicating the story, which the film does quite well.
I was a bit bothered by the lack of refinement everyone displayed. Boudicca and her daughters were wealthy, somewhat educated people. I realize one doesn't stop to bathe in the middle of a war, necessarily, but I doubt their behavior was always this rough. The idea that all people before Christianity, who weren't Romans, were crudely mannered and covered with dirt perpetually, is misleading and disrespectful.
But the film has so many plusses, in spite of a few little minusss, that it's well worth one's time.
There are so many modern lines in this film, it almost makes me laugh. There is a line where a man says "hack" in his sentence (!). However, I found the direction in this film to be excellent,
and the locations are beautiful. I personally enjoyed this film
for it's somewhat disturbing truth, yet I still agree with other people in saying that this film isn't that true to life back then. Pretty good.
History: Its difficult to discuss the historical accuracy of Warrior Queen, without giving away major plot points. Let me just say, that a little research will prove that there were great liberties taken in the screenplay and the ending.... Distressingly inaccurate and silly.
Plot: the story was one sided. Celts = Good. Romans = Bad. While the depredations and depravity of the Romans were well covered in this film, Boudicca and the other Celtic tribes were equally brutal to Roman settlers and their families, often committing atrocities worse than those of the Romans. This was, of course omitted to make the Celts appear to be 'pure' and the Romans 'villainous and unscrupulous.' (However one may feel about Roman expansionism, they weren't all evil and corrupt).
The Setting: I thought this was the most accurate. The Roman camps, and the Celtic roundhouses were well done.
The Costuming: contrary to what was portrayed in the film, the Celts, especially the Celtic elite (of which Boudicca and her daughters were a part), understood proper hygiene, combed their hair, and did not run about the country side covered with dirt. Boudicca would need to inspire her troops with her wealth and power, not frighten them with her knotted dread-locked hair and Conan-garb.
Customs: The Celts may not have a traditional written language, but they are strong orators. The skill of their bards, druids and poets were well known.Read more ›
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As a fan of public television, an anglophile and an armchair historian (particularly Roman history) -- not to mention a long-time Alex Kingston fan -- I held high hopes for this... Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by Jim Allen
Let me quickly state that I am not reviewing this DVD release per se; I am basing my critique on viewing the TV broadcast last year. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004 by R.L. Holly
I haven't seen that many movies on the Warrior Queen of First Century Britain. It's nice that an actress like Alex Kingston can go through the entire movie dressed in unflattering... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Allen Eaton
I loved Alex Kingston (of ER and numerous British period pieces) as the fierce, yet human Queen Boudica (also spelled Boadicea)! Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003
It's a movie about a warrior princes who stood against the Roman Emperor. Nice story but cheep production and medium acting. Don't waste your money on that.Published on Dec 10 2003
This is a movie about a Warrior Queen, Boudica, who really did exist and led a massive uprising against a Roamna army in Britian in about AD 60. It is and excellent movie. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003
this is an Excellent movie,,, lots of great scenes, and LOTS of really great nudity. If you are looking for a Trashy movie with lots of gratuitous nudity, THIS IS IT!!!!Published on Sept. 23 2000