You’d love King Arthur: Legend of the Sword for its sheer audacity. Or detest it for its radical reinvention of the Arthurian legends.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Synopsis
Jealous of his brother, the treacherous Vortigern stages a coup and succeeds in usurping the throne of Uther Pendragon, King of Camelot. However, Uther manages to send away his youth son Arthur before dying in combat. Years later, Arthur is a toughened rogue in the streets of Londinium. Affect a series of events, he meets Vortigern and learns of his true lineage. He also struggles to accept the grim destiny left to him by his father, in the form of the magical sword Excalibur.
As like with Assassin’s Creed, I’ve read nothing but poor reviews since the release of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
They affected me, and I almost decided not to watch it.
Surprise. It was flawed, but hardly as bad as I thought it would be. Actually, I genuinely found most parts entertaining. I also didn’t mind the decisively un-knightly, rather roguish new version of Arthur Pendragon.
Perhaps this has to do with me being a gamer. To me, the single biggest flaw of the movie was how disconnected the story flow was overall, but as a gamer, I’m used to filling in the gaps between disparate cutscenes. Yes, it still felt terribly odd that the story was so undecided on style and approach. At times it pretends to be a LOTR-like epic, at other times, it morphs into a strange hybrid of Eastenders and A Game of Thrones and whatever else. But did this disrupt the story for me? Did it make the viewing experience altogether incomprehensible? No. I just shut off in between key scenes and await the next. In a way, this is not too unlike Excalibur in the movie. As in how the mythical sword is shown to have an auto on-off mechanism in the hands of the right Pendragon.
Naturally, I’m aware that many other viewers would mind the incongruity. I suspect more than a few would also dislike the use of modern British street talk in a medieval, CGI-soaked feature. In short, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is one of those movies you’d love for the sheer audacity of it, or thoroughly hate. Going by current ratings, it’s clear the latter is the larger group. I do find this a tad tragic.
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