• REVIEW: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

    Philippine Release Date: May 17, 2017
    Director: Guy Ritchie
    Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana

    Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a 2017 screenplay of the Arthurian myths and legends starring Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) as the born king. A fantasy-fiction spectacular itself, the movie tells the story of the Excalibur, the sword that changes Arthur’s fate from the streets to the golden sheets of his unclaimed castle.

    Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana), Arthur’s father, saves Camelot from Mordred’s evil clutches by vanquishing the evil mage. However, Uther’s brother Vortigen (Jude Law) who also wanted the crown planned a siege against the king by sacrificing his own wife for temporary power. He successfully does so, eventually killing everyone except the child Uther sent away in a boat – Arthur.

    Arthur grew up on the streets and lived the life the harder way – way too hard compared to the life he has been robbed of. An untoward incident brings him to cross paths with Vortigen’s Blacklegs, which allowed him the chance to pull the sword that no other man has triumphed. Upon successfully pulling what happens to be the legendary Excalibur, Arthur loses consciousness and finds himself caged in front of Vortigen, and learns about his true lineage. Vortigen then put Arthur in the execution row but The Mage (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) interrupted as she managed the animals to wreak havoc in the execution gathering, while Sir Bedivere’s (Djimon Hounsou) resistance saved Arthur. This then leads to Bedivere’s party luring Arthur to reclaim the throne to which the born king declines to initially. Eventually, he will find enough courage to embrace his fate and will need to face his uncle for the future of Londonium and the entire kingdom.

    Ritchie captured its audience with the script and dialogues as it managed to lighten the mood of what could have been a boring and history-laden film. The supporting cast sure does know the essence of the story to give comedic relief a chance and it came on the right timing during the movie. However, the story came to the point of dragging itself for the sake of the stretch. The movie basically lost the essence of the sword as a part of Arthur’s transformation from a street thug to a revered king, making the “legend of the sword” an excuse to suddenly possess power enough to dethrone evil.

    Similarly, the entire narrative seemed to lack action and movement as expected from its trailer, which was very upbeat and packed, unable to make the audience grasp the intensity of what would-be King Arthur is fighting for. Nonetheless, Hunnam, Law, and the rest of the cast convincingly pulled off a believable performance, backed with generous CGI treatment to make every action scene reach its peak impact.

    Overall, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword simply came short of the excitement and intensity, but will definitely be a good foundation to merit a prequel or sequel to make the storyline quite more inviting.

    Rating: 7/10

    KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD will be shown starting May 17, 2017 in cinemas nationwide.

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