The most successful fantasy epic out of Europe in the past decade and you know what? The best parts are the straight-up period costume scenes. The dawn of the age of reason and its struggles among the people and the resultant backlash in the parlors makes for good enough drama. When the wire-fu and horrid special effects start you realize (and God forgive me for saying this) just how good Michael Bay can be.

I watched the director’s cut, too, which meant the pacing is completely lopsided, a truly never-ending tale. Oh, how silly I felt when I coulda sworn we were wrapping things up and there were still 58 minutes left on the disc. What’s funny is that Ann, who was half-asleep opened her eyes, asked me what she missed and then correctly laid out all the final twists and turns before turning back in.