Hello, fellow moviegoers!
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is directed by Guy Ritchie, and it stars Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, and Aidan Gillen. It is the latest take on the story of King Arthur, however, this one tries to make it more compatible with modern audiences. So does it work?
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword suffers from probably the worst thing possible businesswise, poor marketing. The trailers and posters for this film made it look cliche, silly, and overall, just like a bad movie. A fact that was driven home when the film received a dreary 26% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That's why it came as such a shock to me when this movie was actually a lot of fun.
Is this new King Arthur an amazing film that will make you want to explore the mythology behind the Knights of the Round Table? No. However, it does offer a unique look into this story that many have heard time and time again. The film's fast pace and witty dialogue keeps the audience engaged from start to finish. In addition to that, the film features stellar action sequences that ultimately make the film a lot of fun to be had at the theater.
One big hesitation I had before this movie was Guy Ritchie's directing style. Ritchie has directed films such as Snatch, the Sherlock Holmes films, and most recently, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and I wasn't sure if his style would work well in a medieval setting. Surprisingly, Ritchie's trademark style and quick edits worked extremely well in this film, and they ultimately were a large part of what made it so much fun.
The story in the film is probably what is making people dislike it. While the story isn't awful by any means, it's not anything new. The story is one you've seen time and time again. To sum it up, it's basically just a dulled down version of Hamlet, except with less drama and more magic.
The two biggest surprises in the film were the musical score and the performances from the actors. The musical score by Daniel Pemberton was full of energy and fun, and it fit the film very well. It gets your blood pumping on many occasions. Secondly, the performances from the cast throughout the film were actually really good, specifically Charlie Hunnam in the titular role. He did a good job keeping the core of the King Arthur character in his performance, but he also brought his own refreshing flare to it.
One continuous vibe I had throughout this film was that it felt like a video game, in a good way. Even though it's not actually based on one, the way the movie was structured, all the way down to the ending fight between our protagonist and antagonist, made it feel like the first really good video game movie. If studios want to continue trying to make video game movies work, I would recommend watching this movie and taking notes, because this is it.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword wasn't an amazing movie, but it was still a lot of fun. Guy Ritchie's style of direction worked surprisingly well in the medieval setting, and it brings some new flare to the King Arthur mythos. It is fast paced, features an energetic musical score, and Charlie Hunnam gives a great performance as Arthur. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword isn't nearly as bad as people are saying, and you should definitely give it a shot.
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