Sweeping landscapes with non-stop action, I’m giving King Arthur: Legend of the Sword a B.
As a child, young Arthur (played by Charlie Hunnam) escapes the destruction of his family by his power-hungry uncle (played by Jude Law). Growing up on the streets after being taken in by some young ladies of the evening, he develops fighting skills as well as his own family of rag-tag misfits. As a rebellion forms and whispers abound about the “real’ king, Arthur’s Uncle Vortigern sets out to find the one man who can pull the sword from the stone.
Featuring a diverse cast of characters, Arthur has magic, beautiful locations and a shirtless Charlie Hunnam to excite the viewers. The cinematography was interesting as both a hand-held camera and slow-motion special effects brought the viewers into the action. The Mage’s special effects were my favorite since they involved animals and pushed the story along.
Jude Law is evil in this movie. He’s willing to do anything and kill anyone in order to get what he wants. His acting feels restrained as if at any moment he will explode burning everyone around him down to ashes. Each word and action appears to come from some hidden well of anger and despair. Being this evil, he deserves everything which comes his way.
Don’t blink or you will miss David Beckham’s role. I guess being a friend of the director does have its perks! With sarcastic and witty comebacks, this isn’t your traditional King Arthur. It’s gritty and full of death and destruction.
Guy Richie’s Arthur deviates from the story most of us know, yet allows for a plausible reason behind the changes. However, I struggled with rooting for the characters. I wanted to like Arthur but he seemed a reluctant hero, rather than someone worth fighting for. Much of the movie was spent with him running away from the painful past hidden from him and fighting with the sword.
Depending on how it does with the fans, Guy does leave it open for a sequel and possibly more shirtless Charlie Hunnam.
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