I wasn’t going to watch this one, but having arranged to see a movie with a friend, we had a late venue change, and this was the leading option. As it turns out, it was quite a watchable film, and not as violent as I had feared.
There’s certainly a lot of violence, but it’s more stylised battle violence than particularly gory: the trailer will give you a fair idea there. There was also some (not especially related to the plot) nudity, if you’re trying to avoid that kind of thing. Not really a date movie, not really a kids movie: but you can determine this from the poster.
Why, then, was it watchable? The visuals were very cleverly put together: the movie was set in stark good versus evil terms, and so there was a clear side to barrack for (even though their virtues are never clearly stated). It was, I guess, a simple morality tale, with as happy an ending as could be salvaged from what actually happened in history.
Oh, and David Wenham makes a surprisingly convincing soldier:
King (to Wenham):… I trust that “scratch” hasn’t made you useless.
Wenham: Hardly, my lord, it’s just an eye. The gods saw fit to grace me with a spare.