King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Review

From nothing comes a King.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword stars Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aiden Gillen, Freddie Fox, Craig McGinlay, Tom Wu, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Neil Maskell.

After being raised on the streets, Arthur is forced to pull a sword from the ground to see if he is of royal blood or not. When he pulls the sword out, he must face the now king and fight for his true birthright, to sit on the throne.

Positive. If you are a fan of Guy Ritchie you will at least enjoy this film. You get all the typical tropes we have come to know from Guy Ritchie, and it was refreshing to see him take on a different genre and put his own twist on the story of King Arthur. I like Charlie Hunnam as Arthur, he is a good actor who, I believe, has a big future ahead of him and I would like to see him get a role in a big franchise, like Marvel, Star Wars or DC. Visually, the film is great. The aesthetic, and feel of the film, reminded me a lot of Lord of the Rings, with the big scale and style of the magic.

Negative. I didn’t particularly enjoy the twist that Guy Ritchie. This version of the story is based a lot more around magic, than I am used to seeing and I prefer the version where it feels more like it could have happened, but when you see 100 foot tall Elephants, you know it didn’t happen. At points the Guy Ritchie-ness took me out of the film, there are points in the film where Arthur explains the plan and talks over it as you see it and it just didn’t feel like that would happen and took me out of the film. Some of the jokes didn’t land for me either, and I would have preferred had it stayed serious instead of going for the joke.

An enjoyable film, but I wanted to enjoy it more than I could.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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