Why People Were Excited:
It was meant to be a sweeping, historical epic on the grandest scale, but with a heavyweight cast in place to ensure spectacle didn't completely trump substance. Orlando Bloom might be a bit flaky, but Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Sean Bean, Brian Cox, Peter O'Toole and Brendan Gleeson were all names to be reckoned with.
Why They Ended Up Disappointed:
It was crushingly, bum-numbingly dull from start to finish, with a leaden script that gave none of its assembled stars the opportunity to really shine. The battle scenes were as impressive to look at as advertised, but spread across nearly three hours worth of running time, not nearly impressive enough.