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.
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana
Release Date: May 12, 2017
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content and brief strong language
Runtime: 2 hr. 6 min.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword isn’t a terrible movie by any stretch of the imagination. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of missteps made throughout. It’ll take you a few minutes to figure out that Guy Ritchie isn’t out to replicate John Boorman’s classic Excalibur. Ritchie delivers a fantasy movie that’s lifted some of the names from the Arthurian legends and uses them solely for name recognition. They’re very little that feels familiar to anyone who has more than a passing knowledge of the story. Thankfully there are inspired moments to be had throughout even if they are never consistent enough to make for a strong film. Ritchie can’t seem to decide if he wants to make a full on fantasy film or a more gritty on the ground take. It makes for a jarring viewing experience since some of the great moments from the cast are immediately followed by some frantic overly CGI’ed action sequences. These sequences detract from the overall enjoyment because the film doesn’t let its strong cast shine. As such, most of the actors are lost in the overall scheme of things creating a film that feels long and rushed at the same time. It’s a real shame Guy Ritchie couldn’t choose a lane because there’s bit and pieces in the film that shine and could have made up a better film.