Gilberto Says KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Is An Entertaining Action Flick.

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FILM REVIEW: KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

BY GILBERTO CAMPA

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When it comes to direction and style there are many different filmmakers that provide unique and specific method’s of storytelling. And there are not many filmmakers quite like Guy Ritchie who is known for his slow motion shots, narration to introduce the story, quick cut montages and his specific type of dialogue that makes his films stand out. Like a majority of the films released by Warner Brothers (Whether they end up being received well or not) they do an excellent job of marketing the movies so people are always aware of them, and King Arthur was no different.

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Being one of my favorite directors and coming off his last film, Man from U.N.C.L.E.  I was looking forward to Ritchie’s interpretation of this classic story. Along with the direction the casting for the film was solid with Charlie Hunnam as the titular protagonist, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey as Guinevere, Djimon Hounsou as Sir Bedivere, Aiden Gillen as Goosefat Bill Wilson, which rounds out the main cast. Along with Eric Bana as Uther Pendragon and Jude Law as the villainous Vortigen in good supporting roles.

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Getting down to the overall film, the shots in the movie were very good to look at and see on screen, the reason being was mostly in part to one of the best cinematographers in the business, John Mathieson who’s previous work includes X-Men First Class, 47 Ronin, Man From U.N.C.L.E. and one of the year’s best films so far, Logan.  Accompany beautiful visuals along with a good score from Daniel Pemberton that provided an emotional anchor to the overall film in its key moments, and it helped move the story to where it needed to go.

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Not being the biggest King Arthur fan besides knowing the basics I was just looking to see what would happen, with very little to no expectations. And with everything that I mentioned about the direction, the production, acting and etc, ultimately at the end of the day was the movie enjoyable and is it worth your time? I would say yes, but not the most emphatic one. This movie takes its own kind of liberties when it comes to certain elements of the story that were a hit on certain levels and other ways it didn’t.

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The scenes that I really enjoyed were the ones that helped set up the story, such as the montage sequence in the beginning of the film that narrates the story and shows you what Arthur went through as a child to the point that he’s at in the beginning of the movie. The action sequences were also really interesting to watch because to my knowledge I haven’t seen a movie set in this historic period with the kind of modern action that the used to help show the power of the sword. Plus the visuals were well done especially with some of the mythical creatures and one sequence in the film that featured a very cool visual with a snake that was awesome to watch.

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But, let’s get to the bad, the movie fell flat to me when it came to some of the character motivations, especially the main antagonist of the movie Vortigen. Jude Law brought his A game and did his job, you ended up hating Vortigen by the time he and Arthur had their climatic battle at the end of the film. But there wasn’t any type of reason as to why Vortigen wanted to take the throne and kill Arthur other than what was presented in the film. But other than Hunnam and Law, no one else really stood out for me, but that’s not the actors fault. It’s clear now that there were some issues with the overall pacing and the tone of the film that really leaves its mark which left me enjoying the first half of the movie more than the second half. And there wasn’t enough “Ritchie” In the movie to really make it unique and interesting like a lot of his previous films are. At the end of the day, if you want to see an entertaining action movie that has some good humor and cool visuals or if you just like Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law (Ladies) then this would be a movie that I would recommend. But if you’re looking for something that you will remember or that will stand out unfortunately this movie won’t hit the mark. But luckily for Warner Brothers., Wonder Woman is only two weeks away!

 

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