While Brad Pitt may get his name above the title, and while the movie may be based on the actual story of Heinrich Harrer, it is the young Jamyang Wang Chuck, who plays the 14 year old Dalai Lama, that makes this movie work. The entire story of Harrer getting to Tibet isn't all that wonderful. He is a Nazi sympathizer (a fact only found out a few months ago, but something which evidently hasn't hurt the movie at all), and he is an ego-maniac, looking out only for himself. When he finally reaches Lhasa, the story begins to take off. It amazes me how an entire country could follow a young boy. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader to millions of people, but he is chosen at such a young age, it is impossible for him to know what he is supposed to do. But with the help of Harrer, he learns much about the outside world, while at the same time, teaching Harrer about his world, and what he needs to do to become more spiritual himself. I found myself a little bored with the first 45 minutes or so of this movie, but when Harrer and Aufschnaiter finally reach Lhasa, I really enjoyed it. The landscapes are spectacular, and the intricate details of the monestaries and artwork are amazing. Any time a movie actually gets some emotion out of you, whether it be fear, laughter, sadness or anger, it's a good movie. This one manages to get all of those emotions out.