The Four Feathers


Brushing rather than beating the revisionist drum, Shekhar Elizabeth Kapur's version of AEW Mason's oft-adapted tale is best enjoyed as a straight-up Sunday-afternoon adventure yarn. Ignore the political pickle the helmer gets into backing away from British imperialism while saluting its soldiers and you've got a handsome Boy's Own rouser. The pacing and accents sometimes slip, but Heath Ledger supplies a sturdy turn as the shamed officer, Sudan-bound for redemption, and the battle scenes deliver David Lean-style spectacle.

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