King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
2017
Swords and sorcery run rampant in this epic adventure that follows a young King Arthur, who's unaware of his royal blood until he grabs the magical sword Excalibur. Now he must learn the mystery behind the magic in order to unite his people.

Evie Totty: “It ruled.”

Caveat: I am a Guy Ritchie fan girl. So if you are also a fan of his style you will also love it.

I was at first skeptical (not sure why - I even liked Rock n' Rolla and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) so my expectations were low. However, the opening was impressive and then we get to Londinium - and an event being recalled in grand Ritchie fashion.

And it goes on from there. The story is nowhere in Arthurian legend (as far as I know) but I didn't care. The soundtrack, acting, script, cinematography, locations, special effects... made for a great film. I found myself grinning from ear to ear many times throughout and squirming in my seat. This will EASILY be one of my favorite films of the year (with Logan so far being king of the hill).

I plan to see it again the weekend it comes out (the week after Guardians was released) because I like it that much. (I got to see a national preview of it two weeks before release)

EDIT: After I saw it again - it didn't seem to be 'all that'. I'm not sure if it was because I'd already seen the cool Ritchie-isms from the first viewing or because I'm an empath and the first time 'round was mostly with people who wanted it to be good.

SO Was it 'just ok' or did 'it rule'? Well - that depends ENTIRELY on how much you like Guy Ritchie. I'm sure ya'll can figure out which.

Best film so far this year: Logan

− May 10, 2017 • more by Evielog in or create an account to reply

Scott Hardie: Until the end there, I was wondering how you got to see this already. :-)

I am not familiar with Ritchie's work outside of the two Sherlock Holmes films. I should catch back up with the titles that made him so popular. The trailers for this did not look appealing to be honest, but I have a feeling they would look quite different if I was acquainted with Ritchie's work enough to appreciate his style. − May 10, 2017 • more by Scott

Evie Totty: Scott: The trailers are horrible. If it weren't for the opportunity to see it for free - it would have definitely been a Netflix view for me because of them.

Snatch was the first one I'd seen from him (and where I fell in love with Jason Statham) − May 12, 2017 • more by Evie

Evie Totty: I edited my review above based on my second viewing. − May 26, 2017 • more by Evie

Scott Hardie: AV Club evaluated possible explanations for why this movie flopped so hard. I want to add another reason to the list: Source material fatigue. Thanks to ever-lengthening copyright lifespans, we haven't had new material enter the public domain in over a generation now, so we keep getting more and more rehashes of the same shit, from Tarzan to Sherlock Holmes to a Christmas Carol to the Wizard of Oz and yes, King Arthur. Maybe after this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and even this, all in the last 15 years or so, audiences really do not care to see yet another Arthurian story. Most of those productions were flops, too. − June 10, 2017 • more by Scott

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