Review – The Eagle (2011)


the-eagle-5219e89c256e9Welcome to Jamie Bell Week: Day 5. Well, it’s the last day for Jamie Bell. Next week, it’ll be Psycho week, where I will review all the Psycho movies, starring Anthony Perkins, as well as the TV show, Bates Motel, and the four books that have come out as well. So, look forward to that. As for today, we’ll be reviewing The Eagle. This particular film was recommended by my wife. If there’s ever a subgenre in film that I’m often wary about, it’s war. More than that though, we’re talking about ancient Roman times, which for me is a complete shot in the dark. I could hate it, I could love it, who knows. The real question is – what is this thing even about?

Ultimately, The Eagle tells the story about the “Eagle of the 9th”. In Roman history, there were a great number of warriors that vanished. With it was a golden eagle that was basically a family heirloom or most prized possession for them. So when they lost the eagle, the leader of that groups, son (Channing Tatum), basically isn’t taken seriously because he has no honor, because his father lost that eagle. They don’t know if he was a coward and begged for his life, or if he went down fighting. So, to regain honor back to his family, he goes past the great wall with a slave (Jamie Bell) to retrieve the golden eagle.

Here’s what I was thinking throughout watching the film – first of all, the plot sounds Chinese, but isn’t. Also, the golden eagle sounds far too much like a McGuffin to really get me invested in anything that’s happening. Finally, I had a rough time believing Channing Tatum in this role. It just didn’t work for me. Jamie Bell did alright, but there was never any real push to give his role strong acting. Basically, there were a few moments here and there that had me questioning the choices made in this film.

But that’s just the first impressions, right? Let’s get nitty-gritty and break this movie down, shall we?


Acting – 1|Characters – 1|Casting – 1|Importance – 1|Chemistry – 2

First, we’ll talk about the people category, which was neither good or terrible. While I think everyone has a good sense of chemistry, nothing else really stood out. The acting was subpar, the characters aren’t memorable, anyone else could’ve filled these roles, and the only characters that really add to the plot are the two leads.

Dialogue – 1|Balanced – 2|Story – 1|Originality – 1|Interesting – 0

Next up is the writing category which has a score of 5/10. So, it is a glass half empty type of movie, or half full? Let’s see. The dialogue was normal, not memorable. The story was about regaining honor, but that’s not something I can connect with. As far as originality goes, I feel like I’ve seen this movie a million times before, and no part of this movie interested me. That being said…it was a balanced story, for what it’s worth.

BTS SCORE – 7/10
Visuals – 1|Directing – 1|Editing – 2|Advertisement – 2|Music – 1

So how was it behind-the-scenes? Well, I do consider this an as-advertised film, and the editing was done pretty well, but nothing else stood out. The visuals were normal, the directing wasn’t a challenge, and nothing about the music stood out either.

Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 1

The narrative arc score wasn’t bad though. The introduction told us what was happening and what happened before. The inciting incident is when they decide to cross the wall into uncharted territory, the obstacles were fights and stategic things, the climax was the result of everything else, and while it gives you an idea of what the new norm would be, it doesn’t fully get into details, so falling action only gets half points.

Rewatchability – 0|Fun – 1|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impusle/Talk – 0|Sucks Audience IN – 0

As for the entertainment score? Well, I have bad news for you. The only thing that got one point was that it was fun in parts, but boring throughout the rest. I wouldn’t rewatch it, I don’t want to buy it, I don’t want to own it, I won’t be talking to anyone about this movie, and it never truly sucks anybody in. I don’t consider this movie entertaining in the slightest.

Jamie Bell – 5|Channing Tatum – 0|Action/War – 10|Drama – 10|Halfway Decent – 10

Here are the specialty questions that I wrote before seeing the movie. It’s Jamie Bell week, so how was he in the movie? He was okay. He wasn’t terrible, but he was sort of forgettable. What about Channing Tatum? Well, we’ll just say he was better in Magic Mike. I didn’t buy him in this role at all. It also looked like an action film about war, which it totally is. It looked dramatic, so how was the drama? The drama, while boring, was in fact dramatic. Finally, was it halfway decent? I consider it a boring movie, but I believe they accomplished what they set out for, so I do consider it halfway decent.

TOTAL – 63/100

One thought on “Review – The Eagle (2011)

  1. Good review. Personally, while I do like Channing Tatum as an actor, he just didn’t quite fit into this movie well. Certain actors are good a period pieces (i.e. Orlando Bloom), but Tatum is better at doing more contemporary / modern feature films.


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