Earlier in the month of April, I was honored to go to a free movie screening of this film. I have to admit I did have doubts that this film would be any good. However, those doubts were also lifted with every trailer I watched, and knowing that Guy Ritchie directed the film gave me hope that this film would be very good.
So for those of you that are not familiar with Guy Ritchie’s films, he filmed two films of Sherlock Holmes as well as The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and is also rumored to be bringing us a third Sherlock Holmes film which is currently on hold because of his other projects. But enough about Guy Ritchie; lets get to the review about the movie so you all can know my opinion of the film.
First off, if anyone is thinking this is going to be a film that’s just another boring film retelling the story we all know about King Arthur. you’re wrong. What Guy Ritchie does is give us a film that has the elements of a classic King Arthur flick but twists and turns the story to create a more creative and interesting story that has lots of action and adventure. So pretty much what I’m saying is all the stories of King Arthur you’ve watched or read, forget about it and watch this movie for its creativity. Only then will you accept this film for what it is. A new version of King Arthur, one you’ve never known.
Honestly, this film really did start out with a high note. I know a lot of movie reviews say that about a lot of movies, but for this film it really does start out with a really high note. I mean we see this bad ass Mage (Brendan McCoy) control all of these armed and weaponized elephants go against one man, and that man was Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana). The whole opening of the film is what caught my eye at first. Just the whole beginning sequence was amazing, and the music that Daniel Pemberton composed for this sequence fit really well because it’s a war scene, and there are lots of people dying.
But before I continue, I said this film has new elements that go within the classic elements of the film, and one of those elements is that Wizards, Witches, and Mages all have the ability to control any animal they want. Some can only control certain elemental animals (like: animals that roam on land earth, or animals that roam in water). Another thing they do tell you within the film is King Uther Pendragon had a treaty with the Mages and Wizards of the lands where everyone existed in peace. However one Mage sought to destroy that treaty with the dark powers of magic.
I really thought that it was interesting that in this story Merlin does not teach Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) about his roots to become king. Instead there’s a beautiful Mage (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) who helps Arthur to control the power of the sword from the stone. Why is it not Merlin? Well, they do explain in the film that it’s because when Merlin created the sword known as Excalibur that King Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana) and now Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) can wield, it is embodied with the magical essence of Merlin, and after Merlin created the sword, he threw it into the lake, where Lady of the Lake retrieved the sword and gave it to Pendragon to wield in battle to save Camelot from evil.
One of the signature film shots that Guy Ritchie does in all of his recent films, is use a special camera that is known as the 48 camera. For those of you who do not know about this camera, it’s a camera that is used to create slow motion fight scenes or speed up 20x a scene with the camera. You can also use regular settings in the camera to film everything in actual time. I have to say Guy Ritchie really used smarts when using the 48 camera to film some of these really amazing fight scenes with Arthur. And also, when it comes to those scenes, they always blow me away because you can tell what is sped up and what is slowed down, that its the 48 camera in motion. I was really impressed by this film, especially the music. I’ve always had this motto: the music should go well with the film and not just be thrown in there just for the hell of it. I truly love movies that have that perfect sync with the music. I feel like some of the pieces of music to this movie could’ve been pieces that perhaps Hans Zimmer created for the film, but Hans Zimmer was never a part of this project which makes me wonder if Daniel Pemberton was told to enter into his inner Sherlock Holmes and create pieces of music that sound like they could be Hans Zimmer, but really aren’t. I mean in my opinion anything is possible, right?
I also found this to be interesting. This is the first movie that made me hate Jude Law’s character. His character Vortigern is literally the most hated character in this movie. As for Jude Law, it’s nice to see he can act as a true villainous character and actually have people hate the villain, instead of loving the villain, like it happens in some movies. But I think one reason why Vortigern (Jude Law) is so hated is because he chooses to kill both his wife and daughter just so he can be selfish and become unstoppable to try to kill Pendragon (Eric Bana) and then later on in life Arthur (Charlie Hunnam). In both situations he never did accomplish anything. He got all of this power from these Syrens (Eline Powell and Hermione Corfield) and never did get what he desired. That’s sad.
Overall I do recommend this film for anyone to see, it truly is a great film and does deserve a chance at least.
I have to rate this film: 5/5 stars; the story, music, VFX (visual effects) all were fantastic.
King Arthur Legend Of The Sword is now out in theaters. Go give it a try, people!