King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

 (14,121)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.
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Guy Ritchie
Charlie HunnamAstrid Bergès-FrisbeyDjimon Hounsou
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Akiva GoldsmanJoby HaroldTory TunnellSteve Clark-HallGuy RitchieLionel Wigram
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Phyliss N PetermanReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsYES! YES! YES!
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YES! Thank you , to everyone who worked on this movie. I haven't felt this good about a movie in a long time. If you love the Arthur legend, (not always historically accurate though, LOL) I am willing to look into my crystal ball and tell you, you will love it as much as I did.. What a delight to see all my favorite actors too. YES! YES! YES!
85 people found this helpful
Korra NomadReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2017
4.0 out of 5 starsThe Beginning of a New Epic Re-telling of the Arthurian Legend
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the first entry in Guy Ritchie's six-part epic that will sadly and more likely not see the light of day because of people letting critics judge a film for them instead of seeing it themselves, on top of releasing it right after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. When Arthur discovers he is the "born king" and heir to the throne of Camelot, Vortigen, who stole the throne from Arthur's father Uther Pendragon, fights to destroy all that is good while Arthur fights for the people, and for his name.

The film stands on its own for being a big, bold, brash and visceral experience, boasting Ritchie's signature flair in massive, cinematic fashion. The visuals are brilliant and the cinematography breath-taking, with shot after shot of open countrysides, old cityscapes, and towering castles blended with the fast-paced nature of Ritchie's action and plotting that moves at a brisk pace. But, while it does move quickly, it doesn't take away from the development of Arthur, who is played impossibly well by Charlie Hunnam in a role he was truly born to be in. While sarcastic and lacking humility, he grows into the king he was meant to be, realizing his purpose in the darkest hour. Jude Law is utter brilliance as Vortigen, who is a villian you'll love to hate. Diabolical, cunning, and manic, he goes the distance to gain the power he desires, at any cost. The supporting cast is incredibly solid, especially the "lads" who help Arthur become legend, from Game of Thrones' Aiden Gillen to Oscar winner Djimon Hounsou. But, another big star of the movie doesn't come from the cast, but from the composer. Daniel Pemberton's musical score is an astounding masterpiece. It grips you to your seat and pounds your eardrums with scathing screams and heavy breathing, only to soothe with heart-wrenching violas and cellos. The script finds an interesting balance of humor and horror at the reign of Vortigen, and it works thanks to Ritchie's direction. Of all his films, this is not his best, but it's his most entertaining and easily accessible, due in no small part to the main man. But, the big issue that both hinders and compliments the film is the disclaimer above: this is the first film in a franchise. It is the first adventure of Arthur and his Knights of the Roundtable. It works on its own, but is understandable to hear people disappointed with this outing with the born king.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a fun and thrilling adventure that shows how the man became a king, and takes us into a world of magic and mystery the likes of which have not been seen in such a way. I hope this film does impossibly well overseas, because the entire saga needs to happen.
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R. TricocheReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsAmazing re-telling of the Arthur legend
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I feel ashamed that I didn't go see this movie in the theater. I really and sincerely believe that Hollywood needs to come up with a different business model for movies. Content is coming at us too fast and gems like this fall by the way side.
I have screened this movie for various groups at various times and it's ALWAYS been a hit.
Acting is great, action is amazing, especially when "showing" the power of the sword, Excalibur. The fantasy elements are there but subdued like in the original Lord of the Rings movies and the re-imagining of the legend with modern sensibility has lost none of its power or taken a misstep for the sake of today's audiences.
Guy Ritchie did a phenomenal job here.
Now, my understanding is that this movie was earmark to be the beginning of a 6 picture double trilogy. A shared universe. A theme Hollywood can't seem to keep under control.
This shared universe works with material that's been in print for the better part of 80+ years.
Not original properties that need to prove their mettle.
That being said, it pains me that I (or others) will not get a chance to revisit this universe Ritchie created for us.
The Lancelot, Guenevere and Arthur love triangle. The introduction of Merlin, the fantastic elements funneled by Ritchie, the challenges Arthur will meet. Testing Arthur and Excalibur to their limits.
Perhaps there is still a way to salvage this. Maybe with proper sales and views we can save a project I feel is worth saving.
Give the movie a chance you will not be disappointed.
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C. WoodwardReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2017
4.0 out of 5 starsUnderrated Action Movie
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Not sure why it got such harsh reviews. As an action movie remake of the Arthur legend this one does a great job. The pacing is fast and most of the main character development is condensed to keep the story moving. It’s still done well enough to lead you to liking and rooting for the main characters who all do a great job. Visually, it’s impressive and there’s no complaints there. The fight scenes with the sword where you see the swords power are great - perhaps inspired from the Shadow of Mordor video game? My only complaint, and it’s minor, would be that the best action sequence was the opening battle. I was hoping for another battle on par with that at the end - two armies clashing leading up to the main characters fighting, etc. The climatic battle was a little more low-key in it’s scope or size, but it didn’t detract from the film and it is definitely still worth seeing.
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Michael S OliverReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsIt Deserves a Sequel
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Okay first thing is first.. This is the Arthurian Legend loosely adapted for a modern main stream movie starring an actor notorious for being bad-boy good guy. That being said, the movie was great (IMO). It had substance, a good plot, special effects, and a decent story line that anyone vaguely familiar with the King Arthur legend could follow. It lacks a singular strong female lead, but hopefully that will come later when Guinevere enters the series.

What was not great about this movie, was the marketing genius that decided to release it at the same time as Guardians of the Galaxy 2. What was not great is that because of this poor decision, 5 other Arthurian Legend movies supposedly got canceled. I would just like to know who got bought to play the odds in that gamble.. and tell them how they cheated many of us out of something we really wanted!

Do not trust the "movie critics" too much on this one... there is way too much weak plotted garbage getting better reviews and sequels and multiple seasons. It seems that when something comes around that is not lewd, disgusting, or based on comic books for the 10,000th time, some one has to go and mess it all up.

Please, for the love of God, finish the series!
22 people found this helpful
Amazon-o-holicReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsMovie critics got it wrong, again. On my Must watch film of 2017
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Really loved this movie, other top rated reviews articulate the plot and sense of the movie better than I ever could so I won't even try. I will say this, this was a movie I wish I saw in the theater for the cinematographic action would have been great to see in iMax. But alas, I made the dumb mistake of listening to film critics... Did the same thing once a long time ago with Boondock Saints and seemed to have forgotten the lesson. Also, I didn't research this movie enough and did not realize it was a Guy Ritchie film. I really enjoy his ability to tell a film. Conversely, this lowered my expectations and I think this movie was able to greatly exceed my then lowered expectations. Confusing I know... all in all, excellent movie that has a spectacular cast, awesome/unique score, great natural looking effects (not like suicide squad blobs) and a great director, really hope for a sequel (actually the only reason I'm writing this review). The potential in this fictional universe is unlimited. I've watched it a few times and enjoyed each time. Most movies are predictable, this is definitely not one of those movies.
25 people found this helpful
Corgi MomReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsA must see!
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Watched this last night and already pre-ordered the digital copy. It's a fast paced, action packed, visually stimulating movie with an incredible cast. Do not listen to the critics on this one. They hate Guy Ritchie movies and they have attacked this one as well. Also don't let the box office numbers fool you. It opened against Guardians of the Galaxy 2 which is stealing it's thunder. If you are a fan of Ritchie's Sherlock movies then you will NOT be disappointed. You'll love this movie.
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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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