Vic's Flick Picks
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
(3 1/2 Popcorn boxes)
Okay, throw the tomatoes at me! I really liked this movie. The King Arthur legend has always caught my interest…royalty, castles, swords (and swordfights), knights…what’s not to like?
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is co-written and directed by Guy Ritchie. If you’ve seen other Ritchie films (Sherlock Holmes, RocknRolla, Snatch) then you have an idea of the crazy fun to be had here.
Just like any Disney movie, poor Arthur has been orphaned at a young age. His father, King Uther (Eric Bana) has been murdered by his evil brother Vortigern (Jude Law). Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) grows up on the streets of Londinium and learns to bargain, fight and command his fellow miscreants.
Of course, King Vortigern fears the return of the 𠇋orn king” and requires all young men of the right age attempt to pull Uther’s magical sword from a stone. Guess who pulls it out?
The sword in stone is probably the only part of the well-known legend that is the same. The rest goes off on a different path, and I didn’t think I would like the change-up, but I did. Arthur is charming, his crew of “mates” are loyal and funny and Vortigern is properly evil.
I especially liked the look and atmosphere of King Arthur. The caves, forests and lakes of England were an excellent backdrop for the action. All the scenes with evil sorcery and monsters were dark and scary – and the elephants! So fearsome.
One of the very few things that I didn’t like was the Mage (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey). She seemed to appear out of nowhere. It was never clear why she has joined the group and though she did not betray Arthur, why does she give him her loyalty? As a good friend recently reminded me, sometimes editing can be overdone.
Three and a half boxes out of five for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. I fell in love with Arthur, his strength and dignity were well characterized and it was easy to imagine him as nobility. The humor and action of the film was well done and the directing was perfectly paced. Even though the first few minutes were a bit mind-boggling, I was never bored. I highly recommend this film for any action fan – you will not be disappointed. King Arthur is rated PG-13 for violence and language.
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Eric Bana is a truly outstanding actor and leading man. I just watched him the other night as the villain of this 2009 blockbuster reboot of a television and film franchise.
LAST WEEK’S MOVIE TRIVIA
I must test your knowledge of the man, the legend… Kurt Russell. Everybody remembers Escape from New York, Backdraft or Stargate….I’m going to 1986 and this John Carpenter adventure co-starring Kim Cattrall. Big Trouble in Little China. So much fun!