To be honest I wasn’t impressed with the trailers but last
weekend there were not many options in cinema so I unwillingly booked for ‘King Arthur:
Legend of the Sword’.Tale of King Arthur has been told many times before, in fact
I have seen at least 4 films on this subject and all of them were just
ordinary. So, I was wondering what new this installment on the same subject can
offer but Guy Ritchie’s style of retelling the ancient folklore of King Arthur
is quite new and innovative.
There is so
much content and story packed in this one film that it could have been easily made
as a trilogy.His treatment and
direction will remind you of his previous Sherlock Holmes blockbuster series and
has a similar fast paced plot with every element boosted to maximum level. I
especially enjoyed the scenes which are arranged in very choppy and irregular
edits to take the story forward interestingly without disturbing the pace of
the film. Don’t worry, not all scenes are choppy, movie does calms down with
right focus as and when required. Guy Ritchie’s command and skill to know when
to increase the pace and when to slow it down is praiseworthy and does enhance the
overall experience. His direction and screenplay
with Joby Harold are the actual hero of ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ and
deserve full marks.
There is abundance of action sequences, which are placed suitably
throughout the storyline. After a long while I have seen some good refreshing ‘Prince
of Persia’ style chase sequences. Enchanted sword fight sequences also create a
whole other video game feel and dimension on screen.
This film has a lot more magic then the actual folklore,
which aided by the modern-day CGI makes it a wondrous sight. The war sequence
in the beginning with gigantic elephants is an immense never seen before experience
and will set your mood right for the next 126 minutes. Again, I will praise the
plot that creates room for innovation and creativity which is evident in the
form of impressive CGIs.
Now let’s get to the negatives that stop this film from
becoming the next Sherlock Holmes sort of classic. Principal cast lacks charisma,
apart from Jude Law who is at his usual best and Eric Bana who doesn’t have significant
role, rest of the cast is forgetful. In a typical good vs. evil drama like this, both hero and villain needs to be at par. When evil is as strong as Jude law’s portrayal
of Vortigren than Charlie Hunnam’s performance as Arthur, comes out very amateurish
and does hurt the required on-screen rivalry. Wish we had a stronger
Protagonist, which could have easily elevated the experience.
Here I would like to mention David Beckham's cameo. It was very exciting , at first I was like this guy amazingly resembles the star footballer but soon realized its actually him. This was a very smart move from Guy Richie as fun elements like these do keep viewer connected to the film in some form. Apart from the deficiency
of acting talent film could have also used slightly brighter visuals, the
greyish blue look of the movie does get irritating at times and one starts to long
for the usual RGB colors on screen.
Overall Innovative form of storytelling enhanced through imaginative
CGI and well-choreographed action sequences manages to cover most of the
negative points. Guy Ritchie has created another prime cinematic experience that
deserves a cinema audience. I go with 3 stars.