I can hardly believe that this movie has such high ratings. Have people actually watched this movie? Here is an honest review from someone who has no patriotic obligations towards the US of A! The story line was boring. The acting was atrocious, along with the accents. Two 'actors' attempt of a Scottish accent, were especially dire. The cinematography was reasonable, but everything else, like costumes were too clean and new looking, and cheaply made. If this is the first installment of what could potentially be a series of movies, then this beginning is where it ends for me! I do not recommend at all.
Reviewed by captainbob-361178 / 10
A great script with believable 16th Century dialogue make Washington's Armor worth watching.
The script for Washington's Armor is reminiscent of Charles Portis' original True Grit. The writers Labrizzi, Sabatine and Director Tammy Lane capture the ambience of 16th Century Virginia with formal English vernacular and mannerisms. It's a truly great script and story; it makes you wonder what a cast of big time actors and more dramatic cinematography could have produced. If the history is accurate, the storyline is truly an education. Washington begins his military career in the British Army and he is portrayed as something of a dandy. He proudly displays his dancing prowess with a minuet, but soon finds himself schooled by the commoners, corrupt politicians, and enemies of the Crown.
Flashbacks of a young Washington with his father, Augustine, played by a miscast Wayne Matychuk offer insight into George's education and development, but they are abrupt, sappy and poorly done. Clever dialogue between the two characters is lost in the presentation. The script and story overcome most of the weaknesses in what must have been a minimal budget. At first, I thought this was a series, and it should be. An abrupt ending left me expecting more. I hope the producers will continue Washington's saga with a casting upgrade, Director Tammy Lane does a great job with the verbal interaction of the characters that results in a time machine-like view of nascent America. I know it's a lot to ask but some Coppola/Terrence Mann style lighting and scene composition could have resulted in a classic. Wille Mellina provides a credible but uninspired picture of young Washington. Tim Perez-Ross gives an excellent performance as Christopher Gist, Washington's guide and translator. There is not enough of Martha Washington and too much of Sally Fairfax a Virginia nobleman's wife. Her presence is suggestive and confusing. Tammy Lane manages to overcome such failures with clever scenes like Washington requesting the "parking valet" at a party to retrieve his horse. She incorporates the weather, the geography and the politics in a slowly developing conflict. The second half of the story offers some mystery and much needed action. I don't get the title Washington's Armor. This historical piece is worth watching because of the script. Tis' a joy to listen too, and after all is done "the work remains with us," a favorite saying of Washington's father.