Unfortunately, within ten minutes of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, I was bored and wishing the film was done. That is not a good sign.
Most of the YouTube movie reviewers who I like seemed to like this movie, so, despite the low Rotten Tomatoes score, I went into the new Guy Ritchie version of King Arthur with a hope that it would be better than I thought.
Then, I hated it.
The new movie tells the familiar story of the one and future king of England, as Arthur pulls the sword Excalibur out of the stone and began his return. Arthur is played by Charlie Hunnan, trying to return to the throne, held by his uncle Jude Law, who ruled England since he killed Arthur’s father Eric Bana.
There were a lot of stylish scenes that remind you that this is a Guy Ritchie movie and some of those actually worked. Specifically, the time when Arthur was recounting his interactions with this group of Vikings for one of the constables that he knew was a fairly entertaining scene. Some of the dialogue was clever. However, there were just not enough of these kind of scenes and when they did come around, most of them felt as if they were nothing more than heavily exposition laden scenes.
The film actually lost me right away with the ginormous elephants in the initial scene. I thought the whole thing was ridiculous and wasted.
Plus, the film spent a lot of time with Arthur trying to be able to harness the power of Excalibur and being unable to do it because of something that he could not face. We saw the flashbacks to the scene in question multiple times through the film and there was no payoff for this when Arthur finally overcomes his troubles. It made little sense and detracted from the story they were trying to tell.
Charlie Hunnan (from Game of Thrones) was adequate as Arthur. His performance did not stick out in any way really. He had some quips that felt like were out of place with the rest of the tone of the film. Jude Law was fine, but he over acted in several scenes as well. There were at least two examples of characters screaming “no” that carried over tot he next scene. It was almost comedic and made me think of Darth Vader’s ever laughable “no” at the end of Revenge of the Sith.
The CGI here was basically poor. I found the film too dark and hard to watch. The fight scenes were all choppy and difficult to follow. The ending was much like a video game as Arthur had to go through all the lackeys to fight the big boss at the end. Other parts of the film felt like a giant music video as montages were the order of the day.
In the end, I really did not enjoy this film at all. It was boring and poorly shot. It had unfortunate CGI and the acting was, at best, passable and at worst cheesy. I was very disappointed in King Arthur’s return to the screen.