- Action, Adventure, Historical
- Guy Ritchie
- Guy Ritchie, Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell, Steve Clark-Hall, Lionel Wigram
- Charlie Hunnam, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Jude Law, Eric Bana
- Times Media Films
- Cinema (3D)
- Cinema (2D)
Watching King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was a somewhat schizophrenic experience, with a constant shift of tone and genres along the way. It was something unique to watch on screen. However, it is within this uniqueness that the appeal of the film may find itself narrowing to a limited audience who may revel in its outlandishness, while others may sit baffled and bored.
Arthur is played by Charlie Hunnam, a local hustler in the streets of Londinium. Unaware of his royal lineage, he is thrown into a world unbeknownst to him in order to claim his thrown from his evil uncle, Votigern, played by Jude Law. The story is a rather basic age-old tale of good vs evil, however it’s in the telling of the tale that the film stands apart from its counterparts.
Telling stories is where Guy Ritchie shines. Like Quentin Tarantino, it’s in the organic and beautifully crafted dialogue that gives simplistic events and stories a breathtakingly interesting perspective. The actors pull it off well and while the characters of the film are at times one dimensional, they are still a joy to watch, especially Votigern played by Jude Law. While the dialogue is great, the entire film seems to pay homage to this concept, ultimately giving a nod to the value and wonderment that can be obtained through the richness of great story telling.
From the clothing worn by the characters to the environments; each fur coat and dingy alley beautifully blend the shifting genres of the film; from comedy, gangster, fantasy, action… Etc. The colour grading and finishes in the envronments, costumes and dialogue, felt like sitting in an old oak finished pub, sipping on a beer while seated on a leather chair next to a fireplace and listening to an old wise man tell the tale of King Arthur. It is because of this painstaking detail that the film falls short in its sometimes poorly executed CGI scenes, purely due to blatant contrast with the rustic finishes of rest of the film.
The film is fun to watch. It doesn’t take itself seriously and it would be unfair for the viewer to take it seriously either. While the tonal shifts and a blend of genres may not appeal to some, it was by my account a fantastic and unique film; a true breath of fresh air in a world of rehashed creativity and duplicated plots.
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