"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" is the latest film from Guy Ritchie, and while the trailers looked a bit too hectic and CGI-dependent for my tastes, I love the director's other films, so I knew I would be giving it a shot.
Story-wise, the film is decent. The protagonist is sympathetic, and the film feels like a unique twist on a tried-and-true story. It plays out like a somewhat archetypical origin story, similar in many ways to "Snow White and the Huntsman". There isn't anything intellectually challenging in this film, but it is Guy Ritchie's penchant for sarcasm and campy action that makes this film as enjoyable as it is. That being said, there are a few moments that are cringe-inducing, such as the scene in which Arthur pulls the sword from the stone, which has some absolutely awful dialogue from David Beckham.
The film has its ups and downs in terms of execution. The cinematography is shaky and over-the-top, but it has some good moments, like during the extended chase in Londinium. Just as I had feared, the film is far too heavy on CGI, often giving the film a fake feel. Some scenes, like the slow-motion scenes, even have CGI so bad that they look like they are a part of a video game. The music, on the other hand, is great. The anachronisms in the soundtrack work extremely well and make the film all the more exciting. Additionally, the acting is very strong, especially by Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, and Aidan Gillen.
Overall, "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" is an amusing action film, but it does have some over-the-top visuals in parts. Fans of Ritchie's style will definitely find joy in the over-stylized action, but most audiences will likely find it to just be a mediocre film.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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