May 11, 2017
King Arthur : Legend of the Sword
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law
“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is a completely different take on a classic tale, that’s been done for decades. This version from Guy Ritchie gives the story a bit more testosterone and less “knighthood” than last few movies. This also has some of his trademark quick cut editing and sense of humor. He has a unique style, and I think it’s really engrossing when used in the right setting. His Sherlock Holmes films seem to be a nice fit for it.
He does apply those filmmaking skills here, and when it’s working, it’s a lot of fun. When the movie has to rely on traditional storytelling, it sluggishly moves along. When it’s time for action, it’s actually a blast. The opening sequence was a cool looking battle that instantly makes you want to know what type of world we are being introduced to.
Charlie Hunnam plays Arthur, who as a very young prince, is sent away for his safety, and grows up not knowing his true identity. Circumstances are put into place where his true identity is discovered (*non-spoiler, it’s from the sword in the stone plot point) and he must decide if he’s going to live up to a predetermined destiny.
What follows is a familiar battle against evil forces in the hopes that he can take his rightful place in history. Some of this movie is fun, some of it visually striking, and some of the characters are actually interesting and fleshed out, but the overall story is too loose and all over the place. It doesn’t feel like a thrill ride, more like a long train ride with some nice scenery here and there. There is a nice skeleton (no pun intended) of what could’ve been a cool Masters of the Universe movie here with a prince, some wizarding, and a magic sword. That was all I could see, especially during the final boss battle.
I’ll give Guy Ritchie some points for trying something different, but this one will be easily forgettable.
Grade: 2 out of 5