I think almost everyone has heard about the legend of King Arthur and the knights of his round table. But the latest Guy Richie film is nothing like the childhood bedtime stories you’ve been read. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is so much more than that.
The film begins in Camelot and traces Arthur’s (Charlie Hunnam) journey to the throne. Arthur is just a child when his father, the King (Eric Bana), and his mother are murdered by his unlce Vortigan (Jude Law) and he drifts off in a boat, only to be found by prostitutes. He is raised in a brothel and grows up to be an intelligent and tough young man, not realising he is heir to the throne. Meanwhile, his uncle has taken over the kingdom, but is terrified there is a prophecy that the born king will return to reclaim the throne. He orders all young men of the right age to try all and pull the sword Excalibur from a stone to reveal Arthur, something which can only be done by the heir of the King. Arthur then has to acknowledge his legacy and fight not only for his claim to the throne, but for the people of his kingdom.
Guy Richie does an amazing job with this film. If you’re familiar with some of his other work (Snatch, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Sherlock Holmes) then you will know that he has a particular style that he uses in all his movies (and often reuses his actors like Jude Law). He uses witty banter to lighten the mood of the movie, but this could have been used so much more to help this film along. There are vivid and fast montages that pick up the pace of the movie, but you don’t feel like you miss anything, and more importantly, doesn’t feel like they’ve been done a million times before.
One of the weirdest but also coolest things about this movie was the use of silence. It was defening. Guy Richie was not afraid to use silence to draw your attention in, and keep it. The special effects used in the fight scenes in King Arthur are epic and full of action and suspense. Charlie Hunnam is makes them look effortless and almost flies across the screen. If you get a chance to see this movie in 3D, do it!
Check out the training that Charlie Hunnam went through for this movie:
The movie also features a lot of your favourites like Aidan Gillen who you might recognise as Petyr Baelish from Game of Thrones, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou from Blood Diamond, and model-turned-actress Poppy Delevingne. And keep your eyes peeled for a cameo from none other than David Beckham (which unfortunately, isn’t very good). There is also a serious lack of female characters, and the ones that do appear barely have any lines.