King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Fellowship of the Game of Rings
Village Jam Factory - Saturday 20 May 2017, 2:40pm
Running time: 126m
Country: United Kingdom
Classification: M (Fantasy themes, violence and coarse language)
Release date: 18/05/17
Rating: 5/10 (ME 1.5/5, DP 3.5/5)
Following the death of his father Uther (Eric Bana) at the hands of his brother Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur is sent down the river (literally) where, as an adult (Charlie Hunnam) leads a blissful life as a ye olde scoundrel. The evil king (boo) is rounding up men of a certain age to try and pull of sword from a stone (as you do) and when Arthur succeeds he's revealed as the true king. But King Vortigern isn't going down without a fight. Just as well Arthur has a loyal group of supporters including a Mage (Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey) to help his cause.
Fans of Guy Ritchie's gritty story telling and visual style with love King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. It's a big brash rollicking action adventure with more than enough special effects eye candy. Suspend disbelief and enjoy the hilarity of the giant elephant monsters, the octopus monster and... more scarily... the squeaky-voiced Beckham monster with David himself in a cameo appearance. Oh, the terror. However the story becomes unnecessarily convoluted when it's all too obvious how it's going to be resolved.
This is a polarising film; one of us enjoyed it and one of us didn't for a variety of reasons. The response has been overwhelmingly negative but it's a light way to get through a jumbo box of popcorn. It's not art and not to everyone's taste but it is well-paced with some thrills amidst the cringe-worthy dialogue.