This is a charming film. You are rooting every minute for beautiful Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer to be reunited. Two more handsome lovers you'll never find; I've seen Mr and Mrs Smith and I'll take this film over that one any day. Their companion Matthew Broderick is a thief and escape artist called Mouse who talks to God like Ferris Bueller talks to the audience. "We have come full circle, Lord," he says at one juncture. "I would like to think there is some higher meaning in this. It certainly would reflect well on You." He's a big part of the charm, lightening things up when the story starts to feel a bit heavy, and like just about everything else in the movie he never makes you forget you're in a period piece.
Just about everything is perfect. The Italian settings are magnificent, the castles in particular at Torrechiara and Rocca Calascio (pictured below) transporting you to a majestic vision of the 12th century. There is, however, the small matter of the music. You might have heard about it. Using pop-synth keyboards for a movie set in the High Middle Ages is plain goofy, no way around it, but you can simply ignore the score and enjoy the story. It's like Confucius says: