King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Signed up the 30/03/2017
"You wanted to know what gave me such drive. It was you. You put me in that brothel. You cut me on the streets. I am here now because of you. You created me. And for that, I bless you."
The Arthurian legends are a tale as old as time and one story that Hollywood never gets tired of telling however this latest rendition of King Arthur is far from your ubiquitous medieval fantasy film. Legend of the sword is the latest fantasy epic helmed by legendary director Guy Ritchie responsible for giving hit films like Snatch, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Sherlock Holmes & Rock N Rolla. The cast is comprised of Charlie Hunam, Djimon Honsou, Jude Law, Eric Bana, Aiden Gillen & Astrid Berges Frisbey.
Legend of the Sword begins with the betrayal of the original ruler of Camelot King Uther Pendragon by his evil younger brother prince Vortigen. In the ensuing chaos of coup de tat’ Uther sacrifices himself in a last ditch effort to save his only son Arthur Pendragon in the hopes that he can one day reclaim the throne that was stolen from him. Baby Arthur is sent down a raging river which eventually leads him to the capital city of Camelot Londinium (which is basically a medieval version of modern day east London) where he is found by group of young women who go on to secretly raise him in their brothel.
Arthur grows up on the harsh streets of Londinium which groom him to become street wise hustler capable of fast talking, swindling & punching his way out of any tricky situation he encounters. However eventually our protagonists luck runs out as he ends being captured & imprisoned. In the prison camp all prisoners are forced to take the test of pulling a mysterious and when Arthur succeeds in freeing Excalibur it reveals himself as Uther Pendragon's heir. This act forces Arthur to confront his destiny as the true king of Camelot & help end his King Vortigan's tyrannical rule over the land before his dark ambitions destroy everything.
When you think of a Guy Ritchie film the first thing that comes to mind is a fast paced crazy heist style film & hackney accented oddball characters. Although we’ve seen many versions of King Arthur onscreen Ritchie's film is distinctly his own as the movie has all his trademark film techniques like intense fast paced action scenes that are slowed down to emphasizes the importance of the fight, unorthodox timelines with random flashbacks & the trademark Guy Ritchie chase scene which is usually filled with chaotic camera shots.
I really love how Ritchie reimagined King Arthur in a new way as streetwise hustler who doesn't take any bull from anyone and its testimony to how Ritchie always tries to make his protagonists as memorable as possible. The fantasy aspect of Legend of the sword is also really awesome as the power of Excalibur is really emphasized in this film with some of the coolest fight scenes you'll ever see. Along with that the film teases us heavily about the presence of other mystical elements within the world of Camelot like the existence of mages , demons & the famous Lady of the Lake all harkening back to the original fables from Arthurian legend.
Legend of the Sword is a truly awesome fantasy tale that deserved way more love from the critics & general audiences but alas it will probably end up as one of Ritchie's unappreciated gems.
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