Monday, 3 July 2017

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere

After finishing the movie I was not sure she was Guinevere.  For some inexplicable reason Guy Ritchie decided there should be no romance between Guinevere and Arthur in his telling of the Sword in the Stone Legend.

The plot borrows heavily from the first testament and this makes it the most original take on a well told tale.  I did not realize without research that Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy was playing Arthur. I knew he looked familiar and he nailed this role. Jude Law was serviceable as the villain. I also liked Little Finger from GOT as the Bill. 

The action scenes and special effects were grade A. The cinematography was David Lean like.

Therefore its very surprising this version bombed. Rotten Tomatoes gave it only 28% which leads me to conclude critics just hate this story. The 2004 Clive Owen edition only got 28%. So how does Excalibur (1981) get 82%? With a little romance this movie would have been a blockbuster.

3.5 SAMCROW stars

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