Is William Tell really a legend? It seems more like a brief anecdote or at the very least, the world’s first known “Jackass” sketch. Legend implies great deeds and sacrifices. Tell shot an apple off his kid’s head. Yippie.
Or did he? Apparently, there’s way, way more to his story and that’s what director Nick Hurran wants to tell with “William Tell: The Legend” starring Jim Caviezel who will forever be known as Defeated Jesus. I mean, when Willem Dafoe played Jesus, the film was controversial, but Dafoe has gone on to establish himself in other roles and taking new chances. Caviezel seems to embrace the bland like a security blanket. But as long as he keeps attaching himself to projects I don’t care about, it works out well for both of us.
But back to the William Tell Legend you’ve never heard of unless you’re Swiss, according to THR, this is a fact-based retelling of how Tell challenged the Hapsburg monarch Hermann Gessler (played by Til Schweiger who was most recently not seen starring Uwe Boll’s adaptation of the videogame (what else) “Far Cry”). Tell’s defiance ignited an uprising against the Austrian government which led to the formation of Switzerland. Without William Tell, we would not have a haven of well made luggage and pocket knives or a place to store our Nazi gold.