King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
Directed by Guy Ritchie. With Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou. 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.
Went to go see this with @wryhumor today and was quite pleasantly surprised with how fun and emotional this movie was. It’s a slick, fast paced, action movie but has its moments of raw emotion and gut-wrenching realizations. The underlying themes of responsibility and the cost of power made for several heartbreaking scenes.
I was happy to see a fresh take on the Arthurian legend. One that did not focus on any romance but instead on Arthur’s rise from the streets and his gradual acceptance of who he was and what he must do.
The special effects were seamless, though at times things happened with dizzying speed and at a couple of points I was reminded of The Shadow of Mordor. But nothing that hindered my enjoyment of the movie.
I also appreciated the lovely diversity of the cast which included Djimon Hounsou as Bedivere, Tom Wu as George and Kingsley Ben-Adir as Wet Stick. Though I was disappointed that several of the women in the movie were casualties and that there weren’t enough speaking parts for women.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.