The legendary story of King Arthur has been adapted throughout the years. The classic tale of a young man who pulls Excalibur, a sword out from stone and becomes king. Surely it can’t be difficult to adapt this great story to the big screen? After watching this film, you realise a reimagining an old story doesn’t always work.
In this version, after the murder of his father Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana), young Arthur’s power-hungry uncle Vortigern (Jude Law) seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright, he (now played by Charlie Hunnam) 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.
Charlie Hunnam is finely cast as lead role. As the title character, Hunnam brings cocky and charisma. Jude Law is terrific as the film’s antagonist Vortigern. A solid supporting cast with Eric Bana and company.
Director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, RocknRolla) has demonstrated in the past he can adapt familiar material like Sherlock Holmes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and delivers fun and entertaining films for a modern audience but he fails with King Arthur by reinventing the arthurian legend. Modernising the story sounds good on paper but doesn’t translate to the screen. This version feels like narrative is all over the place with at times shaking camera work, bad editing and over the top special effects which is dreadful to watch as a fan of Ritchie.
While the cast is superb, it’s not enough to save the film. An eyesore to watch, Guy Ritchie has made a blockbuster disaster. A disappointment to fans of King Arthur or Ritchie.
Rating: 1/5 Stars