Love story helped by an excellent chemistry between Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer and the romantic fantasy has an epic idea, but is ruined by a non-stop talking comic Matthew Broderick at the start who is annoying at the start. The editing is also weak, but the worst is Alan Parson's very 1985 soundtrack.
Gorgeous cinematography, a tight, fantastical story, and memorable characters (well acted) make up for any other deficiencies - except one. I love Alan Parsons to death, but the soundtrack sounded like the Project's cover of the NES Zelda theme song. But no matter - the film's heart is well in the right place.
Miscasting of Broderick almost sabotages the film. His medieval proto-Bueller bumbles about without credibility; his endless whining all but undermining the stoical conviction of Hauer & the mysterious cool of Pfeiffer; the story's unrequited lovers left fated by supernatural forces to remain forever apart. The eccentric 80s soundtrack worked for me, but it's Storaro's widescreen cinematography that is the real star.
Reasonably entertaining medieval fantasy. It's certainly pretty cheesy at times, but it's a handsome production, with the Italian countryside lushly photographed by Vittorio Storaro. Rutger Hauer is intense, per usual, and Michelle Pfeiffer is gorgeous, per usual; though Matthew Broderick gets annoying real quick, as does the very 80s score. It'll never be any kind of a classic, but watchable.