King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Movie Review

May 24, 2017 Book Review, EDGy Extra, Film 2 ★★★½

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Movie Reviewthree-half-stars
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword on May 12, 2017
Genres: Movie

After the murder of his father, young Arthur's power-hungry uncle Vortigern seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright, he grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city, not knowing who he truly is. When fate leads him to pull the Excalibur sword from stone, Arthur embraces his true destiny to become a legendary fighter and leader.


Welcome to EDGy’s first Movie Review!

It’s a rare moment when my hubby and I are keen to see the same movie. When I mentioned I wanted to see King Arthur with a friend, he chipped in to say he’d like to see it too. So off we went together for our movie date

It amused me that as we discussed the movie on our drive home, I went into review mode. Suddenly my urge to share my thoughts led me to my keyboard with the nod of approval from my blogging buddies.

To say I was excited to see Charlie Hunnam on the big screen was an understatement, but I was with my significant other, so I did my best to tone it down 😉 I didn’t fool him for one second and I have to commend him for being so understanding!

So what did we think? Apart from the scenery comments, we were on the same page with this adaptation of King Arthur. The trailer is excellent and in retrospect an accurate indicator of what you will be treated to watching King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

As always, we stayed on until the credits had ended and the lights switched on because you never know if you’re going to be rewarded for not rushing out of the cinema! Before we had walked out of the cinema, we were sharing what we thought. My first comment was surrounding the dialogue. Not the delivery, rather the use of modern terminology for a medieval based story. I’m no medieval aficionado but I doubt a lot of terms like mates and lads were used back in the day.

There was a lot of telling and imagery in lieu of action. I cringe at violence on the screen (Alexander was a stretch beyond my limits to give you an idea of where my line is drawn), but I envisaged chain mail, a few good sword fights, and skilled, fearless knights saving the day as they battled fiercely on horseback. What was shown was more of flash scenes, blurred action with clear implications of what happened but I wanted more.

According to the kiddos (our home grown experts) it was the CGI effect I was not embracing! Violence was not underplayed, far from it. There was one particular scene that broke my heart View Spoiler » but that was more about depicting emotion which was well done throughout the movie.

The presentation was heavily dream-orientated, cutting from each phrase or scene to the next. It was fast and had an art-house approach which normally wouldn’t faze me if I hadn’t gone in with a preconceived notion of the movie. Having watched the Merlin television series some time ago, it, without doubt, influenced my expectations. My hubby commented the movie reminded him of Spartacus (Netflix).

What I adored was the performance of the blue coated Magi, played by Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey. She was perfect in the role and her character the exception to all I mentioned above. The mystique she evoked took the movie to another level. She was unshakable and hauntingly captivating in the role. I will be looking out for another opportunity to watch her perform again.

In case you’re wondering, the scenery was everything I anticipated. At this point, you may want to pause to watch the trailer again! Charlie exuded confidence in the role and I devoured every moment he was on screen. He was just as fine on his current mode of transport and proved he could ride with style no matter how much horse power he had at his command. The moment he stretched his arms out had me holding my breath, begging him, please not that again.

I loved the soundtrack and would recommend King Arthur to others with the understanding this is a modern take on a classic story.

3.5 I wanted more Stars

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2 Responses to “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Movie Review”

    • Lily

      I hear your fear, and imagine it being similar to my experience watching Pride and Prejudice adaptations. The BBC version was by far superior in my eyes and the one I choose to watch again and again.

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