I'm writing this response/review on October 27th, 2018. Donald Trump is President, and the world that he has helped create, has gone insane. Our President inspired and motivated a bomber to send pipe bombs to his political enemies, and has inspired another 'foreigner-hating' acolyte to perpetrate a massacre in a Jewish synagogue. Around him, advisers say nothing, and his supporters enable him. Dignity. Honor. Decency. Discipline. Greatness. These are words that he and his kind will never know--in spite of the fact that they hold power, over the rest of us.
This is why I am so grateful for this movie. It is not perfect (the slow motion action scenes can be a little lame, and the dialogue a bit ponderous) but, unexpectedly, it is profound. The last knights demonstrate dignity, honor, decency, self-disclipline, and greatness, as they execute a mission to bring about justice for the murder of their master. As the story unfolds, we see the sacrifices they and their families must make. There are plot twists after plot twist, as one obstacle and then another is placed in front of them.
In the end, we see the knights act in a manner that is congruent with their noble character. They act against the decadent, cynical self-interest of those in power. I observe parallels with the America I see today, and am reminded by this movie of what real leadership looks like, when guided by real virtue. I am reminded, because I realize I cannot see real leadership, guided by real virtue, as I look around today.