King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 2016
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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Blu-ray)
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.]]>
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People going into this movie shouldn't be expecting something similar to the King Arthur films they're accustomed to. Guy Ritchie took the King Arthur character that everyone knows and turned him into someone likable.
Charlie Hunnam stars as the born king, Arthur whose father is murdered as Arthur's uncle, Vortigern (Jude Law) seizes the crown. The film traces Arthur's journey from the brothel life all the way to the throne. Robbed of his birthright, Arthur pulls the sword from the stone and finds himself become a threat to the king.
From the opening scene the cinematography and editing served up Ritchie's style. The sheer energy in every scene is almost breathtaking. Even when slow motion is used, the atmosphere is as taught as a bowstring. All the battles are incredibly exciting, even when at times it is hard to follow what exactly is going on. Camera movement is fresh and provokes adrenaline. It's hard to look away.
The story isn't dense and boring. It focuses on a concise narrative which doesn't spoon feed history or plot details to a viewer. The story is happening through the characters, as it should in any good movie. The last fight was however lacking and somehow decreased the pace the action had reached.
The characters are well drawn stereotypes, and the actors all inhabit their respective characters with aplomb. Each character inhabits their own place and allows Hunnam's Arthur to take the spotlight and grow into his character. I loved Jude Law's acting more than the protagonist's. Law does terrific as the villain, a man driven by a desire for power at any cost.
The soundtrack and background music are phenomenal and masterfully used. Pemberton's score complements every scene, adding to the raw British energy that pulsates through the film. At times it felt more like watching a Celtic Rock concert with film accompaniment.
Something to consider. this is the first movie in a planned MCU like universe. Not a standalone movie.
Go see the movie for yourself. You can safely disregard the critics. They completely blew it on this one.
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.