When it was announced that Guy Ritchie would be directing the new King Arthur movie, with Charlie Hunnam staring as the true Born King himself, I was a tad bit weary. But then the first trailer dropped and my interest was immediately piqued, and I felt like we were set for something interesting and totally different.
King Arthur

The story breaks down is as follows; 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.

 

Ritchie’s beautiful retelling, is most definitely not your old school telling of the age-old tale. It is one where the mystical aspects of the story is very much prevalent.

Yes, this movie has a lot of magic, and it’s not afraid to go there, and show it in all it’s CG glory.

From the opening scene, which is an epic battle scene in Camelot, the likes of a Lord of The Rings, and 300. You knew you were in for a wild mystical ride. In that opening scene Eric Bana shines as it’s come to be expected of him. We also meet Jude Laws Vortigern, and get introduced to his villainy from the onset.

After the early battle, Vortigern enacts hos plan to get rid of Uther, his entire family, and claim his throne. Uther manages to get his son out of harms way. Arthur is found by prostitutes in “Londonium” thus begins Arthur’s rise from street punk to king. We are treated to a Guy Ritchiesque montage of Arthur growing up, learning the ways of the street, ending with him becoming “Pimp Arthur” this is by far my best phase of Arthur in this Movie, although I do like him as King at the end.

Lets get into the things that make this movie good:

The movie excels in its character and world building, the characters are all strong, all the way down to the side characters, they all do really well in this. Charlie shines in a way we haven’t seen since Sons of Anarchy. Jude Law as Vortigern, he is the most compelling villain I’ve seen all year (You truly hated him and wanted him to die). Astrid Berges as The mage was impressive, so were Djimon, and Aiden Gillian ( Little Finger GoT). The cast all around was solid. The size and scope of the world they’re building in this is amazing, so I’m hoping we have a franchise on our hands so we can see where else they go with this.

The story, is one where they draw elements of the main King Arthur story, while adding a new spin to it. I enjoyed it because, it was fun because most of the past Arthur stories tend to be more dreary, and based in the real. It also made fun of itself at some points, hit its sad notes when it had to, and also made you laugh when it was supposed to do so. No forced jokes, and or story elements. Even the Guy Ritchieisms that we know and sometimes love worked well in this

The costumes, and fight choreography were also both amazing.

 

I particularly enjoyed this telling of King Arthur because Arthur’s story is one of tragedy, I mean from a young age till he dies. he is met with tragedy, after tragedy. Guy Ritchie manages to take that and make it into a fun and enjoyable summer movie.

I will rate this movie an 8/10, because it did have its flaws, but again they weren’t enough to deter me from loving this movie. Also helped that I saw it in 3D.

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King Arthur: Legend of The Sword Opens everywhere May 1

 

Mukhtar Ahmad covers Entertainment for MFST, you can follow him on twitter @MoeCrosby

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