I still haven't seen Tristan & Isolde, though it is still at the local theater, so if I can get my schedule worked out I'll probably try to see it this week. If not, I'll have to see it on DVD.
Cinerati offers a defense of the film. Although I disagree with some of what the reviewer says about critics who complain that it isn't Wagner's version (my own complaint wasn't that it wasn't Wagner's version; it was that I prefer the versions that have the magic potion), he does relieve some of my fears about the depiction of King Mark, whom I was afraid would be portrayed as an evil ogre.
Still, I don't go into the film with high hopes. One of my students who studied the Malory version with me said that she had to work very hard not to burst out laughing during the film because it was so funny -- funny in the way that dramatic romances strive not to be. At one point, she compared it to the "love" scenes in Attack of the Clones ... ouch!
So, if I make it to the film this week, I go with the foreboding sensation I felt before watching King Arthur, a film that very nearly sent me into therapy for its epic badness.