Besson's take on the Jeanne D'arc tale has aged well with an exceptionally produced epic that only falters in its final third even with an incredibly miscast Milla Jovovich in the title role. Battle sequences are exceptional. Interesting that original director Kathryn Bigelow left the project when producer Besson forced Jovovich to be cast.
A stunning film, superficially. The design was lavish, with a wonderful juxtaposition of the regal and the filthy. The cinematography was a wild mixture of sweeping, artful moments and maniacal chaos. Jovovich's performance was heartbreaking and sincere. Unfortunately, the film's major downfall is its tone. A painfully annoying (and unpleasantly quirky) "realist" perspective to such a sacred story? Give me a break.