YMMV / Alatriste

Alatriste (book series)

Alatriste (movie)

  • Actor-Shared Background: In the film, the Basque Íñigo is portrayed by Basque actor Unax Ugalde.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Despite it was poorly received in Europe and America, the movie was absolutely loved in Asia, to the point that Chinese popularly call it "THE Spanish Film".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Several changes from the book were criticized.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Often cited by critics. While some portrayals were considered okay or even good, most notably Quevedo (played by veteran actor Juan Echanove) and Alatriste himself (portrayed by Viggo Mortensen), the rest was rather weak. The most bizarre point was having Bocanegra played by a woman, nothing less.

Alatriste (TV series)

  • Disowned Adaptation: Though Pérez-Reverte spoke unusually well of the series, producer Paolo Vasile and most of the executives of the producer company labelled it as a failure even before its screening.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The admitted reason of a good part of its fans.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: To the point it legitimately could be seen as an In-Name-Only adaptation.
    • The main fan uproar comes due to the series removing what they see as the most important element in the books, the relationship between Alatriste and Íñigo. In the books, they are basically Like Father And Son, and the boy's loyalty to him is such that his only reason to be a soldier is to follow the captain to Flanders. In the series, however, Íñigo is completely indifferent to Alatriste and only sticks with him in order to become a soldier like his father, while Alatriste only sees him as a annoyance.
    • Alatriste being changed from a cynic and barely moral Hitman with a Heart to a poised Lovable Rogue who fights for justice is another breaking point, as some argue it esentially turns the character into his antithesis.
    • In the series, Angélica receives much more characterization than in any of the books, but only in exchange for turning her character from a quiet yet sultry Mysterious Waif to an almost parodic seductress failure who never gets her way and is tooled by everybody in the cast, even Íñigo himself.
    • The fact that the series contains so much humor despite the books being almost completely devoid of comedy was not better received, specially after checking that some legitimately badasses, like Quevedo or Sebastián Copons, were reduced to Bumbling Sidekick roles just to add Plucky Comic Relief.
    • The books emphasize the Combat Pragmatist philosophy of the characters, often showing Alatriste's derisive thoughts on show-off opponents and foes who do too much Weapon Twirling and Rule of Cool. In the series, he does exactly that, as the duels are often overtly spectacular or bizarrely choreographied (with instances like Quevedo chokeslamming a mook, Alatriste doing back kicks and beating swordmen while barehanded, and characters doing the occasional Zorro sword trick).
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: The series is a much, much worse example than the movie. The cast was panned by fans and creators alike, noting that it genuinely looked like the casting staff had chosen the worst actor imaginable for every role. Not counting the actress's sorely lacking performance, Carmen Sánchez as Angélica was a choice comparable to the casting of Daniel Craig as James Bond (only without the good reviews at the end), while Luis Callejo as Luis de Alquézar was considered by many as the equivalent of Star Wars's Count Dooku being played by Jack Black.

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