Legend of the Sword
review Bobby Blakey
Throughout the years there have been a lot of films focusing on the legend of King Arthur with each bringing its own something special to the tale. The latest, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword from director Guy Ritchie features a great cast including Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana, Katie McGrath, Hermione Corfield, and Djimon Hounsou, but can it live up to the legend of Excalibur or should the sword stay in the stone?
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword follows the young Arthur who runs the back passages of Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword's influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind. He joins the rebellion and a shadowy young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to understand the magic weapon, deal with his demons and unite the people to defeat the dictator Vortigern, the man who murdered his parents and stole his crown to become king. I wasn’t sure what all to expect from this version of the King Arthur legend as the trailers showcased modern music and a look that might fully capture the vibe, but I was pleasantly surprised by what was actually delivered. Gone is the modern music and Ritchie has put together a full blown King Arthur legend that offers up plenty of action and great take on the iconic story. Sure there are elements that are a bit different than previous versions, but I really enjoyed how it was executed, way more than I expected to.
One of my favorite shows on TV was Sons of Anarchy, so I am a huge fan of Charlie Hunnam but a lot of people seem to have an issue with him. This film marks his first role where he is the lead focus on the entire story and he does a great job bringing a lot more of the emotional aspects to the role than what most may expect. The always great Jude Law was the one I wasn’t sure how well he would fit this role, but he offers up a great sinister tone to the corrupt king and made for a great villain. The rest of the cast all do a good job as well with Eric Bana shining in his small role as Arthur’s father. This is a full on Guy Ritchie film through and through and works great for this property. There are some great montage discussion moments that come off funny in a natural way that may or may not have meant to be, but works to further the film and give it a sense of style.
One of the best parts about this film is the action and fantasy of it all. I loved that they did not shy away from making a big epic fantasy action flick in the vein of Lord of the Rings complete with magic and large creatures. There is a specific water creature that was just gross and creepy in the best way possible that was my personal favorite. Hunnam does a great job with all the fight sequences and the creative way of handling the power of Excalibur was awesome. This is a full on summer blockbuster popcorn flick that just worked for me. I know it isn’t anything that is breaking down walls in the genre or even in the world of King Arthur, but I had a great time and hope it does well enough to kick off a great franchise for these characters.
In addition to the film this release offers up a ton of featurettes taking you behind bringing this new take on the legend to life. Grab your copy of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword available now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
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