Did you know that Genghis Khan was really a lovable family man? That he married his childhood sweetheart and was a hopeless romantic? I guess my only perception of the man was that of a ruthless warrior and conqueror. Mongol doesn't necessarily take issue with that very Western, stilted perception, but does attempt to humanize him, portraying his formative years.
Mongol has a very authentic feel, but, battle scenes aside, was pretty slow. The sheer scale of the movie is impressive, though. There are hundreds of people running around in some of these scenes! Fierce mongolian horde, indeed! The overall story arc is a gentle curve rather than a roller coaster, which may reflect history better but doesn't make for a very entertaining movie. If this were on The History Channel it would fit right in.
Bottom line, 1 1/2 stars.