Yes, I’ve been watching (gluttoning) on movies again. Partly because, as I draw near to the end of my favourite movies list, I am hunting down more of them on DVD. But, excuses out of the way, it has led me to finally watching Prince of Persia.
It’s one of those movies that didn’t get a lot of love from critics, but I had this sneaky suspicion it was probably going to be something I’d like. I wasn’t wrong.
Now, it’s a slightly magical, action adventure movie set in ancient Persia, and it’s “based on” a game. If none of those things appeal to you, then you probably won’t like it. It is – and this is really my only criticism of any weight – also too long.
The action is amazing. Jake Gyllenhaal is amazing doing the action (and it is largely him). Gemma Arteton’s princess offers a slightly less cloying love interest than expected and one who doesn’t need a lot of rescuing. The whole thing also looks sumptuous and the story is a good story (if there’s a little too much of it – thus the length issue).
Even the ending, which is action adventure predictable, manages to be a little less predictable.
So, I liked it. I think I’ll be watching it again. It was interesting to see a movie that had too much story though, considering action adventures tend to suffer from the opposite problem more often than not.