Movie Review - King Arthur Legend of the Sword (or King Arthur and the Knights of Anarchy)
Synopsis (From IMDB): Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.
Well, let's start with what I liked about the movie. Visually, the movie looks great especially the opening. One thing that I like about a Guy Ritchie movie is that he does a good job with the camera and making the visuals stand out. I like Charlie Hunnam's portrayal of Arthur, I have never seen Arthur portrayed this way and it was different and awesome all at the same time. Jude Law wasn't bad in the movie either, and I liked his portrayal of Vortigern for the most of the movie. Lastly, the magic effects were pretty cool to see on the screen. However, let me warn you if you have a problem with snakes than the last act of this movie may just creep you all the way out.
Now that I have got the good out of the way, let's get into some of the bad. The main problem I have is with the story itself. If you are a fan of Arthurian legend and you know some of the different stories you will probably see a lot of problems with the story. It's almost as if they took a lot of different stories in the King Arthur legend and mashed them together. It makes the story uneven in places. Another issue is the editing in this movie. There are certain scenes that feel like something is missing or in certain instances just seems to be missing. Now they do a lot of flashback type storytelling, kind of like what was done in the Sherlock Holmes movies that Ritchie directed. Unlike those films, something seems missing in some of the scenes they do this with. As much as I like some of the action in this movie, the climax gets ridiculous and by ridiculous I mean Dragon Ball Z levels of crazy and ridiculous. Now by that time in the movie you know that Excalibur is powerful but they really overdo it for real. As a matter of fact, the whole sequence gets pretty jarring at times.
The movie is rated PG-13. It does have a little language in it and there is a lot of action but nothing gory or any gratuitous bloodletting scenes. There are a couple of scenes involving snakes that are in the film for jump scare effect. The movie runs at a little over two hours but it is paced well and there are a lot of action and things happening on screen.
Don't get me wrong this is a bad movie but it's not the worst thing I have ever seen. Some of the scenes in the movie are actually pretty cool and I like the way they did magic and some of the visual effects. That being said you can catch this on Netflix or On Demand and be just as fine. I am giving this one a RENTAL. So have you seen the movie? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below and as always thanks for reading.
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