"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" Review
Guy Ritchie’s Reimagining of a Classic Tale is a Fun-Filled Adventure
"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," starring Charlie Hunnam
Guy Ritchie brings a new and fresh reimagining of a classic tale with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, in theaters now. This film joins the director's impressive collection of films with Warner Bros. Ritchie approaches Legend of the Sword with his own signature flare in order to give the tale of King Arthur a fresh look while keeping true to the story. The film can get a bit messy at times, but with Ritchie’s style and a new take on the myths makes for a pretty entertaining movie.
Legends of the Sword is anything but old-fashioned or realistic, and that is proven very quickly thanks to the movie’s prologue. The prologue combines stylized medieval fantasy imagery (the Kingdom Hearts video game series comes to mind or the Lord of the Rings trilogy) with Ritchie’s technical style. All of that is then blended into the film’s larger fantasy element.
Legends of the Sword turns Arthur and his Knights into decent, honorable criminals, which adds a fun heist genre. The character’s snappy banter is fun and entertaining, but the dynamic montages that crosscut back and forth in time aren't necessary.
Charlie Hunnam was a great choice to portray the title role of King Arthur, who is at his most charming and charismatic while also being a thief with honor and a reluctant would-be king. Djimon Hounsou and Aidan Gillen play Arthur’s allies throughout the film, and Kingsley Ben-Adir and Neil Maskell bring that nice blend of loyalty and witty banter to their roles as Arthur’s brothers in arms.
There aren’t a lot of women in this film, and the few that are there are background players (take Supergirl’s Katie McGrath for example). However, Astrid Berges-Frisbey nameless Mage is the exception to this problem and fills in as a decent substitute for Merlin (who is only mentioned in the film).
Ritchie's crime caper touch helps deliver an enjoyable King Arthur retelling that can stand on its own. Legends of the Sword is a good movie to kickstart the summer movie season thanks to its use of modern stylistic choices and its pop culture genre to make an old classic tale new and engaging.
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