“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” Review

11 May, 2017

Director: Guy Ritchie
Screenwriters: Guy Ritchie, Joby Harold, Lionel Wigram
Director of Photography: John Mathieson
Cast: 
Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Aidan Gillen

Synopsis: An estranged prince whose parents were murdered during a viscous war unknowingly returns to the land of his birth where fate leads him to a mighty sword which he must use to end the reign of his father’s tyrannous brother.

King Arthur Review:

An action epic carved with a working class attitude, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” sees Guy Ritchie preserving his cockney flair as brass knuckles and sleight of hand inform the panache behind this reimagining of a classic folktale. While confidence places “Lock, Stock” directly in the heart of a bygone era, Ritchie practically cartwheels his way through the source material, bobbing and dabbing to an infectious rhythm as montage, flashback, and dizzying edits place the film in a stylistic cacophony where distraction is the sole key to success.

Never absent from his own set, the auteur behind this unique adaptation brings more than just knights to the round table as he dashes away from the mainstream avalanche yet ultimately accepts defeat on a grander scale. Finding that there are few ways to avoid the trappings of convention, “King Arthur” allows CGI and wishy-washy storytelling to coexist with experimentation as a film ten times more engaging than the average fantasy disaster rides the wave of superficiality to its peak and discovers pure excitement in all of the chaos.

Filmed like a music video but written like a compact “Game of Thrones” episode, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” relies heavily on pre-existing media to inform its texture as Jude Law channels his “Young Pope” performance into a similarly detestable role while giant snakes, heroic battles, and icky sea monsters hark back to genre-defining sagas like “Harry Potter” and “The Lord of the Rings.” Despite being wounded by the jabs of studio intervention, the film bleeds with honour as Guy Ritchie renders likeable characters out of mushy storytelling, setting the precedent for future directors of his calibre to take the plunge by embracing the inevitable flaws of big budget production.

 

   

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