The Messenger movie review. Medieval movie reviews. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc was a French historical drama film. It was directed by Luc Besson and the screenplay of the movie was written by the Andrew Birkin and Besson. The story of the film is about a popular French war heroine St. Joan of Arc. The film begins when Joan witnesses the atrocities of the English against her family. Then she makes the goals of planning a battle against them and after trial and error, she finally executes her goal.
The Messenger movie info
Movie cast: Milla Jovovich as Joan of Arc, John Malkovich as Charles VII, Dustin Hoffman as The Conscience.
Director: Luc Besson.
Screenplay: Andrew Birkin and Luc Besson.
Release date: 1999
Joan sends a message to Dauphin and the to-be king of France, Charles VII requests to provide an army where she could lead a battle. She explains her vision to the king. She says she will be leading the French army against the English. She also tells Charles about her prediction that he will only become the king once the battle is fought. She hence manages to get an army which is led under the command of Jean De Dunois.
Joan becomes successful in defeating the English and she wishes to take the military campaign to Paris too. Meanwhile Charles VII becomes the king. She requests the king for another army but he refuses saying that he wants Joan to go back home. Seeing Joan becoming a political name, the king let her get captured by an Englishman who wishes to sell him to the English. There she gets accused of crime of heresy and she is taken to the court.
Unfortunately the lady gets defeated by the English as she dies a miserable death. The English find another way to trap her and execute her through the church. Some of the English soldiers go into her cell and rip her clothes off. They give her men’s clothes to wear. They trick her and say she has conjured some spell to change her clothes. They say she is a witch and she must be burned. Joan hence gets burned alive in Rouen’s marketplace.
On the whole, nothing about the life and death of Joan was normal. The film was not respectful to the history or to Joan herself. Although a lot of research was done on the movie but it seemed to lack any touch with the beliefs of the past.