A disappointing take on this classic tale.
Starring: Charlie Hunnum and Jude Law
Plot: When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern, Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.
Remarks: Sometimes a film manages to build up so much hype and excitement around it that when you finally end up watching it, it’s not as entertaining as you thought it would be. This is exactly the case with Guy Richie’s ‘King Arthur’. While the film hit the nail on the head on various aspects, overall, it’s underwhelming.
These days, it’s not uncommon to see epic retellings of some of our favourite stories on the big screen. Usually, there’s a twist to the tale we know and love and while this can sometimes enhance the story, this was unfortunately not the case in ‘King Arthur’. With the help of The Mage – a follower of Merlin – Arthur learns how to manage the powerful power inside the sword he pulls from the stone. While I’m glad there was some sort of magic used with regards to the sword, the larger than life animals and beasts made the story unbelievable. It became far too farfetched for me. There were various other moments which could have been approached with more heart instead of magic and, for me, the impact Guy was trying to achieve didn’t resonate with me on-screen.
However, the film isn’t all bad. The cast did an amazing job bringing the story to life. Charlie gave a raw, real performance of the struggles Arthur goes through and the passion he was born with while Jude does a fantastic job being the film’s villain. The set and the costumes are incredibly impressive. A lot of time and money was spent to make sure this aspect of the film was spot on. As the film transports viewers into a different time period, these elements are incredibly important and did the film and story justice.
Overall, this isn’t going to be a film for everyone. In fact, you’ll probably walk out the cinema disappointed. The film had the potential to be something great but, unfortunately, it falls flat and, honestly, I’d wait for the DVD.
King Arthur releases on the 12th of May 2017.
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