DVD Review: King Arthur
Damascus steel accompanied by a royal blood line proves to be a force to be reckoned with in this cinematographic journey through new lands, prehistoric giants and a re-imagining of the Sword in the Stone tale. It’s a story of a king, his brother and a sword forged from the staff of Merlin to help protect humanity 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) barely escapes with his life being offered to the fate of the river that would lead him to his future. Raised in the 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’s 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.