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  • Director: Chatrichalerm Yukol
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 142 min
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Huge, sprawling, and utterly absorbing.
  2. After a rough orientation, it kicks in to be a visually enthralling, viscerally rousing, politically fascinating epic of the old school that evokes the pleasures of the great spectaculars of the Hollywood past.
  3. It's more interesting than it sounds. Besides the sheer spectacle, which is notable.
  4. It's the equivalent of our "Gone With the Wind," Russia's "War and Peace" or, to take a more modest example, South Korea's "Chunhyang." Sheer ambition and grandiose make the film interesting -- up to a point.
  5. Yukol has spread a huge canvas, gloriously costumed and photographed, but the staging and acting are often awkward and the saga is simply too dense for good drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The movie is both stunning on the level of visual pageantry and curiously inert as cinema.
  7. Easy on the eyes and hard on the head, Suriyothai is absolutely unaffecting where it matters most, in the heart.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. KlausV
    Nov 27, 2003
    A rich and stunning movie that succeeds well in recreating the past. It is a true epic, including romance, treason, murder, battles, and sacrifice. Especially the elephants are a delight to watch. Unfortunately, at least to western viewers, the dialogue and the actor's expressions at times just seem too formulaic to be believable. Also, as the review by Robert C. shows, the audience can easily get confused, maybe because the two main female roles look too much alike in our eyes? So let me set Robert C.'s confusion straight: It was Srisudachan, High Consort of King Chai Raja (the one who previously had the child regent killed), who poisoned her husband in order to install her lover of U-Thang blood on the throne. She is the anti-heroine of the movie. Our real heroine, Suriyothai, who married the Prince of Tien, died with a clear conscience. Expand

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