King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

(2017)

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Title:
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Release Date:
27th April 2017
Runtime:
126 min
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genres:
Directors:
Guy Ritchie
Writers:
Guy Ritchie, Joby Harold
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londinium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword's influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind. He joins the rebellion and a shadowy young woman named Guinevere. He must learn to understand the magic weapon, deal with his demons, and unite the people to defeat the dictator Vortigern, the man who murdered his parents and stole his crown to become king.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 27%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 75%
IMDb Rating 7.3

Casts

Charlie Hunnam as Arthur
Djimon Hounsou as Bedivere
Eric Bana as Uther
Jude Law as Vortigern

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by warren-633-445289 10th May, 2017

Guy Ritchie has hit the nail on the head with this Fantasy film.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword I am not a cynical person and I tend to see the good in something, most of the time cynical people will feel the need to crucify an artifact if it disrupts their sensibilities. But it is rare when a film touches someone so deeply that they who seldom type a review to type one. I went into the film expecting an excellent film and it exceeded expectations, from what I saw from the trailer I knew this wasn't going to be another forgettable blockbuster film with no character. The trailer itself had creativity which is lacking in most films today, an appeal, a certain style that offers uniqueness and it's this uniqueness that gives the film significant value. I loved the structure of the storytelling, we are introduced to plenty of characters and somehow the film gets across the feeling that we know each and every character introduced. This is the function of these fast pasted micro stories within the film, you need to be paying attention to keep up. While keeping interest within the main character and his struggles. It can be noted that the film has the lovable rogue trope down to a T. If not paying attention and fully immersing yourself within this film its artistry could be overlooked or the denouement may be an 'ok' or 'I got entertained just as I expected to be' and may be seen as just another big blockbuster film, the fact that it came out one week after GotG would not help this case. The FX are incredible and well put together in a cohesive manner, you will see the famous Guy Ritchie slow-mo action sequences. Incredible zoom in-out and pan across on action sequences much like Assassins Creed. All to communicate to the viewer exactly what is going on and where. I understand there are a thousand different contributing factors that make someone like or dislike a film. I am in a good place within my life and I am a great lover of fantasy, this story captivated me and made me feel empathy toward the characters. The way the story was told was relevant today it was quick and fast paced for today's attention spans. I greatly enjoyed the English slang humour it was quick wit at its best and to see within a fantasy film was a delight. It has shown the fantasy genre in a new light and hopefully inspires other film artists to apply out of the box thinking when creating fantasy films. I can see how people not from the UK would not get the humour and may not fully understand the distinctions between meaning and intention. Everyone will take away something different depending where you are within your life and as to what reason we watch films. You can take away an entertaining fast pasted fantasy film where good triumphs evil. Alternatively, you can take away philosophical means after all that is the single principle of storytelling. For me, it related to the journey of finding yourself and your purpose and most importantly that we all have the strength to become the person we are. Themes of death were prominent, as was loyalty and family. All in all excellent film will watch again.

Reviewed by paulijcalderon 10th May, 2017

A rocky road, but when it wants to have fun it's entertaining.

I feel like this movie will get a lot of mixed (to negative) reactions. For me it's very mixed. If you enjoy Guy Ritchie's storytelling style, then you'll probably have fun. If you don't, then you'll have a though time trying to keep track on what's going on. This film moves really, really fast. It hardly ever calms down to have quiet moments. It's constantly moving from place to place with new information fed to you, and sometimes also skipping further in time and then backwards in time.. It's basically all over the place. The story and characters are perfectly fine, it's just that the way it's made and told is not always working to move it along. It's a rocky road, but when it wants to have fun it's entertaining. At times I would have preferred a more traditional style. So, that's the biggest risk the filmmakers took. It's good whenever it works and sometimes it's really fun. It takes a few scenes until you get the hang of it. I didn't expect so much magic though. But, I will say that the magic elements were pretty nice. The opening battle sequence was over the top and fantastical in just the right way. Some of the grounded fight scenes weren't as good because they used too much shaky cam. Which bothers me because you have really nice looking sets, costumes and a good build-up for the action to get started. But, when that happens it's not as great as the build-up would make you believe. It's fine, you can enjoy it. But, it was messy at places. There's this one scene where Arthur is a 100% CGI when fighting bad guys and it was very noticeable. You could tell the audience was put off by that scene. OK, so what did I like? Well, the soundtrack was neat and it worked well throughout. The mythological aspects are interesting and I wish that would have been explored more. What we get is classic medieval fantasy. But, hey! I liked it in this movie. It's classic and it helps with the world building. The overall visual style is great. The one shame is that many of the best shots last for a few seconds. So, you don't get the time to fully appreciate them. Everyone in Sweden will recognize Mikael Persbrandt playing a viking. Which is a fitting character for him to play. It was fun seeing him be part of it. The whole cast is nice. Jude Law is having a good time playing a bad guy. Astrid Berges-Frisbey plays the wizard who is able to control animals. She does a nice job and I bought the fact she knew magic. You can notice that everyone working on the film were enjoying it. There are jokes and comedic moments, and you know what? It made chuckle here and there. I like the scenes when Arthur and his gang are plotting their heists or plans. The Guy Ritchie style shines when it's used right, and those are the scenes where it works in this movie. It's one of those movies where you have to pay attention. So, no casual watching because you will miss some important info. It's way too fast at times and the shaky cam got annoying. The medieval fantasy stuff is nice and the visuals with the fast pace will have you entertained. I liked the humor and the characters. I've enjoyed Guy Ritchie's movies (at least the ones I've seen). This is not his best work, but it's a good effort. I'm gonna be nice to this movie because I had a fun time watching it. Only some parts put me off guard. If it had been more toned down and not rushed through some of Arthur's adventures, it would have been great. It's not completely there yet, but it's a good time. Go in for the magic realms and classic Shakespearean characters. Because all of that's pretty entertaining and fun.

Reviewed by yesterdayman2002 9th May, 2017

Guy Ritchie at his best!!

Saw this at a Promo Screening last night and have been shocked by the harsh reviews from the critics. I went in expecting to see a by-the-numbers generic fantasy like the ones Disney churns out regularly. But instead I was surprised to find that Guy Ritchie has applied to King Arthur the same style and technique that made his Sherlock Holmes films so beloved. In this film is the witty dialogue and creative editing we've (at least some of us) have come to love from Guy Ritchie. There was never a boring scene throughout. The action is good, the effects are good, but it is the manner of delivery of it all that brings this to greatness. The acting is solid, some characters are less developed than others but I did not feel that this hurt the movie at all. I've seen King Arthur movies before but have never seen it told in this manner, it is to King Arthur what Batman Begins was to Batman. Should you see it? If you did not enjoy Guy Ritchie's other works, especially the Sherlock Holmes films then you may have issues with his style, but if you were entertained by any of his other films then there should be no reason for you to not be entertained here also.

Reviewed by www.ramascreen.com 9th May, 2017

It's King Arthur through Guy Ritchie's filters

The biggest problem with #KingArthur #LegendOfTheSword is that it puts more emphasis on trying to be a Guy Ritchie superhero film than it is about King Arthur. I understand that mythically, Arthur's sword supposedly bears powers of its own, but this films makes its effects work the same way spinach boosts Popeye's strength. Another problem is that instead of watching a movie, some of the time it feels more like you're watching "Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor" video game walkthrough. Charlie Hunnam stars as the born king, Arthur whose father is murdered as Arthur's uncle, Vortigern (Jude Law) seizes the crown. The film traces Arthur's journey from the brothel life all the way to the throne. Robbed of his birthright, Arthur pulls the sword from the stone and finds himself become the king's threat number one. At the very least, "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" does have a clear story, so this is not as messy or as incoherent as a Zack Snyder presentation by any stretch of the imagination. And if you're a die hard Guy Ritchie fan, this too carries his usual brute montage style that often explains a subplot in a very quick, very humorous manner, so in that sense, it is a more dynamic film than any of the other versions of King Arthur you've seen on the screen. Charlie Hunnam essentially plays a reluctant hero who's having difficulties coming to terms with his destiny but after a while, his continued reluctance becomes frustrating and downright annoying. Not to mention the fact that for whatever reason, this film is so obsessed with wasting time on VFX hallucinations and pointless creatures, there really is no good reason why this film's runtime has to be 126 minutes long. And the supporting characters aren't well-developed either which is why you'd get easily stoked at David Beckham's easily spotted cameo. Jude Law is probably this film's only redeeming quality, as the villain, Law is as incredible and reliable as he's ever been which makes his character, Vortigern, a formidable foe. Overall, I'm not saying that "King Arthur: Legend of The Sword" is not an entertaining film if you're a style-over-substance kind of an audience, but just be aware that you'll be viewing Arthur through Guy Ritchie's filters.

Reviewed by Emily Brooke Leonard Griffin 9th May, 2017

Hero's Journey

Nice new take on the King Arthur hero's journey. "Man must overcome losing father and find the king within." With a villain you can really hate, a hero you can identify with, and side characters you can love, be ready for a two-hour trip into a fantastical world. Above all, the special effects make this movie. I saw it in 3D, and I was happy they kept the 3D effects in the "not cheesy" range. I'm happy it didn't trigger my motion sickness too. This is definitely NOT a chick flick, but I'm not holding that against it. ;) The occasionally witty dialogue made for some enjoyable lighthearted moments, giving the comic relief a battle-intensive movie needs. Overall, if you want to vicariously kick some ass, this is the movie for you.