King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Written by: Joby Harold, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hr 6 min.
So, the Guy that directs Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, tries his hand at the King Arthur legend. If you’re up to speed on Mr. Ritchie’s past projects, you might believe you could guess how that would turn out. And you know what, you’d be absolutely right. This is a blend of modern and myth Britain. A movie about everyday geezers given a magical sword and a mission. These contrasting elements don’t always blend well in Guy Ritchie’s film, but dang it, I still had fun with this. Somehow.
As I write this, I’m not sure how I was entertained. Charlie Hunnam is decent enough in the titular role, but his character as written, leaps between, one-of-the-lads, the reluctant hero, and then a larger than life superhero (not always in that order). Not so much a story arc, as a story sign-wave. The same goes for the overall tone of the film as it tries (and mostly fails) to blend everyday hustling London life with its grand fantasy starring monster elephants, snakes, and fiery demons. It’s a bizarre blend of ideas, and mostly doesn’t result it anything you’d call ‘coherent.’ But I’d be lying if I didn’t find its few moments of quality entertaining enough to kind-of-quasi-maybe-recommend this (I think).
This isn’t your everyday swords and sandals fantasy. This is a bit; Lord of the Rings meets Snatch! Which is so weird!
Arthur and his mates break down their morning activities to the local authorities. Brilliant stuff this!