My love for this period may have something to do with it, but The Eagle somehow appealed to me. Yes, it's very uneven, mainly due to a poorly developed script, but overall it's well made. Jamie Bell and Channing Tatum lack chemistry, resulting in much less homoerotism then I was expecting. Anthony Dod Mantle knows how to shoot a landscape, and his lensing is superb and almost worth the admission ticket alone.
A film that succeeds mainly because of its strong and confident direction and gorgeous cinematography, but unfortunately, to me, films are about telling stories, and this one isn't well told. As much as I respect Tatum, he is just the wrong actor to cast. Jamie Bell does a decent job at putting a bit of life into a poorly written role, but overall, the film never succeeds emotionally and remains very very bland.
The Tatum/ Bell love slave relationship makes absolutely no sense, but it should get respect for at least adressing the fact that there was not Englishmen that lived in England, but savages or Natives if you will who got invaded - so the "History repeated itself in North America" part is interesting. Great central idea and production, but the end battle with "calvary to the rescue" ruins the entire film.
I was fairly enjoying this film but it ended up weak in the second half and one of the worst final scenes in movie history! ( When the 2 main characters walk towards the camera smiling and practically hand-in-hand!) I just did not buy it.