Movie Review 1999 Joan of Arc Starring Leelee Sobieski
Leelee Sobieski shines in this 1999 made for tv movie with poor historical accuracy. The overall history is not the problem because the movie does correctly tell the story of a young woman who hears Voices from God and leads her people to freedom through military victory and is then captured by the enemy, put on trial and burned. The problem is in the details because in virtually every scene there are blatant errors ranging from having Joan first hear Voices in a church (it was actually her father's garden) to what is the worst for me in showing Pierre Cauchon as the advisor to Charles VII in the French court.
Thankfully, the performance of Leelee is so good that the historical problems do not seem as bad as they really are. She portrays Joan as a strong, passionate, caring young woman with a great devotion to God. She also brings an innocence and purity to the role that greatly contribute to her overall believability. Out of all the Joan of Arc movies I have seen, Leelee Sobieski's portrayal of Joan is definitely the most authentic. It is just a shame that the rest of the movie does not measure up to her fine performance.
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