This is definitely one of my favorite movies that I've seen in quite awhile! It brings in many of the themes, characters, and popular parts of the 'King Arthur legend/myth/story,' but it does so in a completely new way. You don't have to argue, (be it with others or yourself, lol!), about how historically accurate the movie is: it is so obviously mostly fantasy/fiction, with enough of the popularized items of the story to make it interesting and related to the 'King Arthur mythos'. You are able to just sit back and enjoy the fast-paced wordplay, sword fighting action, and even a bit of Kung-Fu added in for good measure...!
This movie, despite being having almost a video-game feel during some of fighting and action sequences, even manages to incorporate some of the most important themes from the 'King Arthur legend'. Arthur finds himself, both as a man and as a king, (beginning, of course, with his pulling the sword from the stone). By the end, Arthur decides to make all of his closest knights/advisors/companions equal to each other-and thus, by coming up with the round table for them to all sit at, none higher than anyone else, Arthur creates a strong and constant reminder/symbol that all those who have earned a place at that table are considered to be equals, (i.e. one's status, finances, family tree, age, etc., mean nothing, once one has earned the right to sit at Arthur's Round Table of his closest Knights and Companions). Arthur stands up against evil, corruption, those that hurt/enslave people weaker, smaller, or poorer than themselves. This movie shows this using various symbols and personifications of evil that allow for scenes showing Arthur facing his own fears/pain from his past, so that he can fight, (and obviously prevail), against evil personified. There are many, many examples in the movie where Arthur helps and fights for the common people, people that are too weak, too poor, too scared to stand up and fight for themselves. This is, of course, one of the most popularized and important traits that Arthur is thought to have, in almost all of his stories, legends, and myths--his willingness to help those that can't help themselves. He is almost always shown to have a soft spot for the common people, the peasants, the outcasts, the small and the weak...and this movie demonstrates this side of Arthur again and again..
Besides all of the above, (semi-ranting, lol!), the acting was great overall. The actors were chosen well for their characters/roles. The special effects were cool-done in a couple of different and interesting ways, some of the scenes looked kind of like video games/LARP-type things, some of the scenes used special effects similar to the way that the movie "300" did them, and some of the special effects were more subtle. It was interesting how they incorporated so many different types and ways of doing the special effects in the movie. I also really like how fast-paced everything was. Some of the action scenes were fast-paced and violent, as expected. But they also made a lot of the word play, discussions, and arguments very fast-paced and the back-and-forth was incredible. I don't know if I've ever seen it done quite that way in a movie before, with such quick and intelligent word play back-and-forth, (sometimes they did this quick word play, along with playing the pictures/scenes from what they're describing/explaining right at that moment). I just thought that was very cool, and I wouldn't think that many actors would have been able to keep up with all of the intense, quick, back-and-forth wordplay that was used throughout the film. So, to the actors in this movie that were part of that: "Well done! Very cool."
Anyway, I didn't mean to write an essay, here, but I do like this newest movie of King Arthur, quite a bit. It is so different from the typical movie/TV show/book portrayal of the Legend of King Arthur; it is so obviously fantasy/fiction, that it is easy to just sit back, eat some popcorn, and enjoy the movie as it is--no need for picking it apart for its historical accuracy/inaccuracies! And I don't know about everybody else, but as someone with a History degree and a love for the whole King Arthur story/legend/myth/lore, it is so incredibly nice to be able to 'turn my critical mind off,' and just enjoy a King Arthur movie!