KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD
Running Time: 126 mins.
Premise: Orphaned as a child when his parents are cruelly murdered right in front of his eyes, young Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) must reclaim his destiny and become King by taming his powerful sword and using it to defeat his evil uncle Vortigern (Jude Law).
Behind-the-Scenes: Originally set to be released last July, this Guy Ritchie-directed film went through a series of reshoots, which delayed the release and ultimately ballooned the budget up to a ridiculous $175 million. Warner Bros. originally intended this to be the first in a series of gritty King Arthur films - an Arthurian cinematic universe, if you will. Not to tip my hand or anything, but I'm pretty sure that's never going to happen.
The Good: The score by Daniel Pemberton utilizes some unique, anachronistic melodies, and makes a favorable impression. It's a score deserving of a better movie.
The Bad: Everything else. This is a giant mess from start to finish. Ritchie tries to use some of his patented slo-mo and editing trickery to juice up the film, but it doesn't help. There are some bold, batshit crazy creative choices being made here, but none of them work. The action is muddled and indiscernible, with terrible, weightless CGI. The visual of Arthur fighting people with his sword is ultra-stylistic but mostly just resembles sub-par video game graphics. The supporting cast includes talents like Aiden Gillen, Eric Bana and Djimon Hounsou, but none are given anything interesting to do. The cinematography is dark and dreary, the pacing is sluggish, and the script is weak. No happily-ever-aftering for the viewer in this Camelot.
Should You See It?: No. Hard pass. This is the worst movie I've seen so far in 2017.
Star Rating: * out of 5 stars.
Better Than: Swept Away
Worse Than: Sherlock Holmes, First Knight, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Excalibur
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