Kudos for Mr. Griffith for the ability to build a hard-to-stand tension in an adventure movie. The plot was not up my alley but still I appreciate it. I hate Griffith for forcing me to admit his genius.
The production design is top notch including costumes and set design and action scenes are superb. Even simple landscapes look better than many refined modern movies. It's hard to hold back tears while watching protagonists suffer and the performance by the lead actor doesn't help (such a beautiful and powerful acting!). Despite the director's misguided politics, one can't deny this is a great movie.