King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Damascus steel accompanied by a royal blood line proves to be a power that reaches new heights in this cinematographic journey through new lands and peril. Introduced to prehistoric giants and a reimagined story of the “Sword in the Stone”, we find a story of a king, a sword, and the constant war to see the good victor the less than stellar foe. Humanity is not left to its own tactics as the blessing of Excalibur forged from the staff of Merlin is passed on to generations to help protect against the dark mages and the power that lurks below.
Evil has a drive and in King Arthur, it is all about power and control. Two brothers, King Uther (Eric Bana) and his brother Lord Vortigern (Jude Law) experience dark descent of their brotherhood and loyalty as Vortigern “sells his soul” to overthrow his brother and eliminate any lineage to forego the crown.
Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) nearly escapes for his life in his earlier years and is offered to the fate of the river that would lead him to his future. Raised in a school of hard knocks, Arthur learns how to fend for himself and work the system to get what he needs and to get what he wants. Unbeknownst to him, he believes to be the abandoned son of a prostitute and has no clue of the blood that flows through his veins as that of royal descent.
Crossing paths with those that would be willing to sacrifice all, Arthur must discover his true identity and fight for himself, his people, and to honour his father.
Guy Ritchie flavour does not disappoint as the storytelling element of the film is superb with touches that are so unique and enjoyable that you see the mastermind behind the effort of crisp edits and transitions. Jude Law is creepier than ever as he parallels the dark underworld of greed and the lust for power. Charlie Hunnam offers a solid performance with an anticipation toward King Arthur: and the Knights of the Round Table.
Rating: M Violence & offensive language.