Wednesday, May 10, 2017
King Arthur Legend of the Sword Review: An Ambitious and Entertaining Fantasy Adaptation!
Legend of the Sword centers on Arthur (Charlie Hunnam): a peasant who runs the backstreets of Londinium. Everything changes for Arthur when he is sent to pull the sword Excalibur from the stone and, much to his surprise, is able to do so. It turns out that Arthur is the son of Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana) who sent his son away after his brother, Vortigern(Jude Law), seized the throne for himself. Realizing his heritage Arthur reluctantly joins the resistance who seeks to overthrow Vertigern and place the rightful king onto the throne.
The story to King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was fairly simplistic tale, but how the movie tells the tale that makes all the difference. Rather than being straightforward in its storytelling most of the events are told from different points in the film. This direction was certainly ambitious but it was also a double edged sword for the film. On one hand this sense of storytelling helped Legend of the Sword to stand out from other King Arthur tales, but the direction also made the movie feel choppy and took away from pivotal moments-such as Arthur journeying to the badlands to understand Excalibur. While nothing in the overall plot was confusing it could be disconcerting seeing the story told in such a unique manner. Along with the movie's dynamic storytelling was its fantasy based lore. The backstory to the plot quite interesting as factors like the mages gave the story an engaging perspective. My only issue with the the lore was that it was not explored enough; but this could easily be nitpick because if the movie is part of a six film series then this element could be furthered explored in future movies.
If anything King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a different take on the King Arthur mythos. While Guy Ritchie's direction could be too stylistic for the movie, it did however make for a unique presentation that managed not to devalue too much from elements such as story and characters. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword may not have been a triumphant interpretation to the legend; but with its dynamic sense of spectacle and entertaining nature, this fantasy blockbuster manged to be an adaptation that was as ambitious as it was entertaining.