Director: Guy Ritchie
Screenplay: Joby Harold, Guy Ritchie,
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana,
Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen
Weakness: Acting, Script
PLOT: When Uther's traitorous brother Vortigern defeats him in battle, Uther's son makes a narrow escape. Somehow the baby boy reaches the lands of Londium in a boat where he is found and raised by strangers who name him Arthur. Deprived of his inheritance, Arthur grows into a competent warrior and soon destiny drives him to pull out the Excalibur sword from the stone. After drawing out the sword from the stone, Arthur is enlightened about his true identity and his inheritance of the throne as the son of the Late King Uther.
REVIEW: Influenced by Arthurian Legends, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a fantasy-action film directed by Guy Ritchie who is also the director of two Sherlock Holmes films. The movie displays plenty of modern action dash on a deep-rooted story and eliminates quite a bit of what made it an exemplary tale of legends. Here, Ritchie tries to give life to a new King Arthur who is robbed of his birthrights and brought up in a brothel. However, there is no trace of Guinevere or Lancelot who play important roles in the original myth.
The British actor, Charlie Hunnam, who plays the role of Arthur, did not seem to be an ideal fit for the movie as his acting skills were quite poor. The special appearance of David Beckham in the movie left his fans overwhelmed because of his acting skills. However, the movie lacked in many aspects and could not live up to the expectations of the viewers. Elements like oversized elephants, explosions, ear slicing and the presence of an enormous snake made the movie seem like a fantasy film compressed with excessive violence, leaving the viewers pretty confused. All in all, it was a poor adaptation of the original tale of King Arthur.
Reviewed by Rushabah Tabassum