After the murder of his father, young Arthur’s power-hungry uncle Vortigern seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright, he grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city, not knowing who he truly is. When fate leads him to pull the Excalibur sword from stone, Arthur embraces his true destiny to become a legendary fighter and leader. – Warner Brothers Pictures
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a film loosely based on the legend of King Arthur written and directed by Guy Ritchie. I’ve seen a few Guy Ritchie films and have enjoyed them. The Man from U.N.C.L.E is actually one of my favorite movies. Anyways Guy Ritchie is known for his directing style which includes fast paced action, quick jump cuts, and scene overlay. And guess what? King Arthur is chock full of those.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword stars Charlie Hunnam as Arthur and Jude Law as his evil uncle Vortigern. One thing I know for certain after watching this movie is that Charlie Hunnam would be an awesome Green Arrow and Jude Law is a phenomenal villain. The acting in this movie was good but seriously Jude Law was crazy good as a villain. At one point he cuts someone’s ear off and then whispers in it. I literally laughed out loud.
This movie actually surprised me. It is very common now for filmmakers to take old stories and try to make them new by grounding them in reality. King Arthur doesn’t do that at all. There’s giant war elephants in this movie, they’re literally the size of buildings. The movie is full of magic and fantastical elements and that’s awesome. I don’t really know much about Arthurian legend but I think this movie was a nice fresh take on it. I’m assuming this movie takes some liberties from the source material. I doubt Arthur was actually raised in a brothel.
As previously mentioned this movie is very much a Guy Ritchie movie and for the most part I enjoy his style of film making. I only have two complaints, the fight scenes were very video gamey and there was some very dialogue heavy scenes. I thought a lot of the fight scenes were very cool. They just didn’t look that real. Guy Ritchie has a great way of making exposition entertaining by overlapping it with a visual cue in the film. Even with his style there were still a tad too many dialogue heavy scenes. I found myself getting a little bored at times but once the action picked,up, the movie would grab me back.
Oh yeah the score is phenomenal in this movie, seriously.
All and all I’d say King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a fun summer popcorn flick. Grab some popcorn shove your face with it and watch a bunch of dudes hit each other with swords.
I give King Arthur: Legend of the Sword a 7 out of 10, would watch again.
“Why have enemies when you can have friends?”