King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Courtesy: Warner Brothers
After the murder of his father, young Arthur's power-hungry uncle Vortigern seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright, he grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city, not knowing who he truly is. When fate leads him to pull the Excalibur sword from stone, Arthur embraces his true destiny to become a legendary fighter and leader.
Courtesy: Warner Brothers
First up let me get this off my chest, try not to laugh when you see David Beckham appear in the movie. It’s going to be hard.
This version of the movie is more of a modern day dark, grungy story telling vastly different from the way Disney portrayed the story in the 1963 ‘The Sword in the Stone’. Nevertheless this live action story is very impressive with its use of CGI and new way of telling how the sword got into the stone.
I would say when watching this film you may pick up on many different inspirations for characters, shot construction and methods of filming. From the slithering snakes of Harry Potter, the concept of taking from the rich to give to the poor of Robin Hood, the castles, landscapes and large scale battle animals of Lord of the Rings. The shoulder cam? and quick overhead chase filming of Assassins Creeds and finally the mythical water creatures straight out of Disney’s Little Mermaid. I won’t say which character it is from the Little Mermaid but she takes the thing that you love the most in return for your wishes. I'm sure there are many more references in there but this is just a few I could see if my first sitting.
Through the movie we follow the drawn out journey of Arthur from brothel living to becoming King.
The movie really starts to take off once Arthur discovers he is the chosen one that could pull the sword from the stone, from there it's all about his struggle to control the power of the sword. It concludes with a battle of revenge for the kingdom that was once his fathers, against his uncle King Vortigern.
The acting and final fight scene between Arthur and his uncle King Vortigern was a little underwhelming for the climax of the movie.
With the movie being left open for the next story and instalment, I’m sure we will be seeing more of King Arthur in the near future.
As much as there is mixed thoughts about this movie, I thought it was fantastic and I would probably see it again.
4 out of 5 Choc Tops
Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, David Beckham, Annabelle Wallis, Katie McGarth, Hermione Corfield, Millie Brady, Daniel Stisen, Poppy Delevingne, Georgina Campbell, Mikael Persbrandt, Feddie Fox
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