Friday, 12 May 2017
King Arthur Legend of the Sword (2017)
It's not really "reinvention" to just take names from a story and make up a whole new story. The plot of King Arthur Legend of the Sword incorporates so little of anything recognizably Arthurian, that I don't know why they even bothered to tie this movie to the name. Ritchie takes a great deal of artistic license and tells his own story. He took a lot of artistic license with his take on Sherlock Holmes too but at least he kept it recognizably about Conan Doyle's character. Here he gives up completely on any of that and just acts like he's trying to make a Lord of the Rings movie. And not a very good one sadly...
Perhaps I could have forgiven going to see a King Arthur movie and not seeing a movie about King Arthur if the movie had at least been fun, entertaining, interesting, or even just not boring. Legend of the Sword is one of the most generically boring summer tent poles I have sat through in a while. It's filled with cliches, Charlie Hunnam's ham acting, and stolen plot points from a million other movies.
Ritchie at least puts his stamp on this film. You recognize it immediately as a Ritchie film from his frenetic pacing style to his hypermasculine esthetics. While I felt most of that worked to breathe new life into this Holmes movies, here it just feels like a less nerdy Peter Jackson film. And I don't mean that as a compliment.
When it comes down to it, Legend of the Sword is boring and forgettable. It's generic and unintentionally campy. And most of all it adds nothing to the retelling of the legend of King Arthur. Stories have a life through the generations as we each add something new to the narrative. The richness of this is how the story evolves over time. This honestly felt like it added nothing new and that is the biggest disappointment of all.
King Arthur Legend of the Sword
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aiden Gillen, Eric Bana, and Tom Wu
Writer/Director: Guy Ritchie