If you know anything about the Arthurian legend from Geoffrey’s Historia Regum Britanniae, you are going to absolutely hate this movie. The writers butchered the story. If you love gratuitous killing, sword play and wide spread destruction, “King Arthur, the Legend of the Sword” is the movie for you. I doubt seriously if Guy Ritchie, the director and one of the writers, has ever read anything about King Arthur; they got so much wrong. They even got the sword, Excalibur, wrong.
Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.
Charlie Hunnam stars as Arthur. You may recognize Hunnam as Jax Teller from the television show “Sons of Anarchy.” Academy Award nominee Jude Law plays Vortigern, the villain. Astrid Berges-Frisbey is the Mage. Academy Award Nominee Djimon Hounsou is Bedivere. Eric Bana plays King Uther. The acting does not lend much to the story.
Guy Ritchie who is known as the director of the two “Sherlock Holmes” movies, directed. Like the Holmes movies, the color scheming is very dark.
The screenplay for “King Arthur, the Legend of the Sword” was written by Ritchie, Joby Harold, and Lionel Wigram based on the story by David Dobkin and Joby Harold. I tried to figure out how I would feel about the film if they did not butcher the Arthurian legend and just wrote a story about a King who is denied his birthright. I still didn’t like it because the story was so hard to follow. This is not a well-written script. The script is choppy and drags in the middle. I kept checking my watch hoping that the movie would end and put me out of my misery.
The real winners of this film are the CGI (computer-generated imagery and special visual effects created using computer software) people. The movie is crammed full of special effects.
As I said, the writers got so much from the Arthurian legend wrong that they should never have tried to sell this film as a King Arthur film. Even if you never read about Arthur there are tons of movies that tell the story of King Arthur.
“King Arthur, the Legend of the Sword” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and the Jerseyville Stadium Theatre.