King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

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6.72 h 6 min2017X-RayPG-13
Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. Once he pulls the sword from the stone, he must acknowledge his true legacy…like it or not.
Directors
Guy Ritchie
Starring
Charlie HunnamAstrid Bergès-FrisbeyDjimon Hounsou
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ActionAdventureYoung Adult AudienceFantasy
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English [CC]
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Aidan GillenJude LawEric BanaAnnabelle Wallis
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Akiva GoldsmanJoby HaroldTory TunnellSteve Clark-HallGuy RitchieLionel Wigram
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WARNER HOME VIDEO
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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mandy.aromatherapyReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved it! So obviously fantasy/fiction, you can just sit back & enjoy the movie for what it is!
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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!
JOHN KABLEReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Great acting job by Jude Law. By the end of Mordred's battle against Camelot, I really didn't like Vortigen, at all. By the end of his second appearance, in the council meeting, I hated his guts. By the end of the movie, I wanted to go to England and kill him. Fortunately Arthur beat me to it. A great deal of these emotions were generated by Jude Law's facial expressions and body language.
Really enjoyed the movie, in spite of a few scenes that seemed to drag on. Especially liked the Celtic tone of the sound track.
H. BalaReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
"I see what you're doing. You're trying to get me to do something razzle-dazzle with that sword."
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Sometimes, I feel the critics are straight-up B.S.-ing. They were too harsh with this one. Not to say that King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a great movie. It's not. But it's a fun diversion, and it's sly and unpretentious. There is even a kung fu guy.

I appreciate its try at a swerve. Courtesy of Guy Ritchie's handiwork, this one departs from cinema's traditional treatment of the Arthurian legend. This one posits that Arthur, robbed of his birthright, was raised in a brothel and forced to survive the slums of Londinium, learning the hard knock life while skirting the dreaded Blacklegs (5-0, to you and me). We eyeball Arthur as he grows up an enterprising thug with his fingers in all the pies. I grinned a lot because Arthur and his henchmen all insisted on behaving as if they were in the wrong movie, as if they were modern-day Cockney hoods in Snatch.

It's an Arthurian take for the A.D.D. generation. When his adviser updates the usurper king, his report smacks of the contemporary: "There's a general restlessness among the people. More incidents, more graffiti." Guy Ritchie, twelve cups of coffee downed, goes nuts with his signature jittery fast edits. The camera's frenzied energy bowls you over, tries to bluff you that there's more to the story than pretty visuals.

And that's the main issue, I think. The story required more work and more time put in. Instead, we get those fast edits and nifty rewinding scenes. And, sure, I enjoyed them. But that's the tradeoff, I guess. It's style over substance. Struggling students of Western Europe history are cautioned to not use this movie as cliff notes. The only clear-cut call-back to the original mythos is the sword in the stone. Ritchie couldn't topsy-turvy such an iconic element too much.

What sucks is that Ritchie's method of chaotic storytelling doesn't allow for deep character work. He doesn't do enough to make you care about the persons in his movie. I will say that Charlie Hunnam is really good as Arthur. But his character is such a superhero it's hard to relate to him. At one point, when he's advised to get to know the blade he yanked out of a rock, his surly retort goes: "I see what you're doing. You're trying to get me to do something razzle-dazzle with that sword." But we know it's not long before he starts wrecking sh-- with the sword. We're not ever worried about Arthur. We know he'll pull thru, no matter what. The others in the cast are stock characters and good for expressing a hard-boiled attitude and delivering the script's snappy street dialogue. Jude Law as the sinister sorcerer king, Vortigern, looks as if he's having an amazingly swell time, whether it's pulling off villainy moves or erecting that tower of his. Oh, and it's neat to see Aidan Gillen step out of his Littlefinger role. He plays one of Arthur's mates and is more revengy than Machiavellian. By the way, I can picture Littlefinger defending Guy Ritchie's chaotic direction: "Chaos isn't a pit. Chaos is a ladder."

Sucks that the third act is once again this huge CG-heavy fighty fight suckfest.

Also, I wanted more of Kung Fu George.

If you'd ever wondered what King Arthur would've been like if he were raised by benevolent whores and had street smarts, then this is your pit stop. It has storytelling flaws, sure, but I relished it for what it was. It sets a rollicking pace. It presents an Arthur with a more down-to-earth flash and all the more charismatic because he's portrayed as one of the rabble, uneducated, sure, but with oodles of street smarts and a knack for giving as good as he got, with words and with fists. Man, I really enjoyed Hunnam's brazen smack talk and his swagger. Huh, I guess I can relate to him after all.
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VT Book LoverReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing
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This is excellent. Just excellent. Words fail me...
ShannonReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Underrated
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More People Should Have Watched This One.
VILIAN BASHAReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazing movie
Deborah SheehanReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
King Arthur & Legend of the Sword
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The story line builds from the explosive beginning and keeps your attention throughout the entire movie... Charlie Hunnam gives a fantastic performance as King Arthur...
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Andrew "Big Ugly' HaleReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Better Than Expected
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For the most part, I enjoyed it. The mythology and magic were fascinating with an exciting score.

The movie started out epic and even beautiful but once Arthur grew into his thuggish pimp role, things got a little comical. At least the wit was reasonably entertaining, though the quick dialogue got lost on a couple of scenes, even with the Closed Captioning playing.

Charlie Hunham has a cocky swagger about him in every role that didn't fit for me here. It worked in Sons of Anarchy considering the lifestyle and modern biker gang culture but here it played out like a London pub party boy. But still, it wasn't enough to detract from me enjoying the movie.

Considering the mythology of the times and the magical effect the mages have, I would have been interested in seeing more installments to Guy Ritchie's Arthurian legend. The power of the staff-turned-sword could use some more screen time, as well as Merlin and the Knights of the Round. The demonic skullheaded knight reminds me of Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer and I like that feel. Though I have to ask at risk of spoiling: if the mage had the power to send a snake into the king's chamber to set Arthur free, why not just kill Vortigern with it from the start?

The diversity shown was good, with Bedivere, the female spy, Merlin's female mage acting in his stead, and George's Kung Fu school. In adding diversity, you would want to represent the good AND the bad of diversity as to be true and not show one as inherently flawed.

There seems to be a good message here, whether intentional or not, that good men must always rise to fight the bad for there will always be a rising evil. Whether fate or a recurring cycle, evil always chooses evil but the righteous must decide whether to stand aside or to stop evil where it is. Our destiny is what we make of it. God gives us that free will.
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