Lamar reviews- King Arthur

May 19, 2017

If you roll up on this movie about King Arthur expecting gallant knights in armor, saying “good eve my lady” while she courtesies, you didn’t pay attention to who made this film.  Guy Ritchie, who’s movies include Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Revolver, RocknRolla, and two major Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey Jr.  I’m not sure he can spell subtlety much less use it in a movie.  The film was pitched to the studio as Lord of the Rings meets Guy Ritchie’s movie Snatch.  That is a great description.  If you haven’t seen Snatch with Brad Pitt it is a great movie.  I was not a Brad Pitt fan until I saw that movie.

When Charlie Hunnam auditioned for the part he was going up against Henry Cavill and Jai Courtney.  Ritchie was worried about the physicality of the role.  When Hunnam offered to fight the other two actors he got the role.

The movie opens up with giant elephants wreaking havoc with boulders attached to their trunks.  This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the movie.  King Uther Pendragon, played by Eric Bana is betrayed by his evil brother Vortigern, played by Jude Law.  King Pendragon manages to get his son Arthur to safety and he gets adopted by prostitutes who raise him.  We watch him grow from a picked on boy to a trained fighting machine in a Guy Ritchie fast cut, five minute montage that can cause a seizure if you forget to blink.

In trying to hunt down and kill the rightful heir to the throne Vortigern has every male the right age attempt to pull the sword Excalibur from the stone.  When Arthur tries we get our chance to see David Beckham’s cameo as a scar faced soldier named Trigger.  Beckham and Ritchie are friends and I think it’s cool to let your friend be in a movie but, having him in the scene where Arthur pulls out the sword, changing not only his destiny but that of the entire kingdom, seems a little distracting. While everybody is whispering back and forth “Is that David Beckham?  I think it is.  No, that’s not him.  Yes it is!  They put a big scar on his face and gave him yellow teeth!  Oh my gosh, it is him!”  When the discussion is finally over they look back at the screen and the sword is out and they missed it!

Lots of CGI and tons of action.  126 minutes Rated PG-13 for violence, action, and strong language.

There have been dozens of movies about King Arthur so it’s not surprise that Guy Ritchie wanted to do it different.  He did.  Different good or different bad depends on what you like.  It has all the fast paced sarcastic dialog you expect from Ritchie.  I really like Charlie Hunnam, and I keep waiting for him to get a good role.  Something as good as Sons of Anarchy.  I was doing a good job hanging in until the last 20 minutes.  Then it went giant CGI snake crazy.

From a historic prospective it was very informative.  I had no idea that skinny jeans and fashionable tight leather pants were invented in the 6th century.  I think the man bun was too, but mercifully they were immediately killed on sight to keep it from spreading.

My Score:  2 Buds



Lamar review - King Arthur

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