YMMV / The Last Legion

  • Adaptation Displacement: The film is adaptation of an almost forgotten Italian novel.
  • Cliché Storm: Definitely right up there, what with the Action Girl pairing off with the deliberately mentioned single lead, the boy they'd adopted turning out to be King Arthur's ancestor, among other things.
  • Complete Monster: Vortgyn is a brutal warlord and Ambrosinus's Arch-Enemy. Desiring the sword of Caesar, Vortgyn scarred Ambrosinus with his medallion when he wouldn't tell him its whereabouts. Decades later, Vortgyn now terrorizes Britannia, wiping out villages and killing dozens of innocents. Allying himself with the Goths, Vortgyn threatens a village harboring Ambrosinus and a young Romulus, killing the blacksmith's family, including his children. Vortgyn then sends his army to wipe out everyone at Hadrian's Wall. In the bloodshed that ensues, Vortgyn tries to kill Ambrosinus moments before suffering a fiery demise. Ruthless and tyrannical, Vortgyn desired nothing but power and the annihilation of anyone who resisted him.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ben Kingsley as Ambrosinus/Merlin, Kevin McKidd as Wulfila, John Hannah as Nestor, Ian Glen as Orestes, Nonso Anozie as Batiatus, Owen Teale as Vatrenus, Robert Pugh as Kustenin and Ferdinand Kingsley as Young Ambrosinus.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Game of Thrones alumni listed below should really include all those crows that appear.
  • Retroactive Recognition: There are quite a few Game of Thrones characters in this movie:
    • The new Roman Emperor is Jojen Reed and his father is Jorah Mormont.
    • Alliser Thorne and Xaro Xhoan Daxos are Roman soldiers.
    • Craster is the head of The Ninth Legion.
  • So Bad, It's Good: While not being explicitly bad, the film is extremely cliché and treated seriously by numerous actors. Having said that, its heavy dose of Rule of Cool, all the names in the cast and sheer silliness make it a good choice for a lone evening timekiller.
  • The Untwist:
    • Julius Caesar's sword has the inscription Caliburnus. Surprise, it's Excalibur!
    • Ambrosinus is Merlin, also known as "Ambrosius" according to legend.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Gandhi playing Merlin. However given Ben Kingsley's Shakespearean background you forget about any questionable casting and are in awe of Ben Kingsley's pure awesomeness as none other than the wizard of wizards himself!