This film is superb, brilliant, astounding - I cannot praise it enough. A four hour film, with over 5000 extras, to tell the lead up to and story of one of the most famous battles of modern times. The direction is superb - the extended battle scenes are fantastically choreographed - and the performances are excellent too. As far as telling history goes, this is amazingly good. You'll learn a lot, but whether you're a history buff or not, it's a great film.