Let’s just get everything out in the open — they had me at Charlie Hunnam. Transparency here.
Guy Ritchie brings his witty comedy and fast-action style of directing to “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”
Hunnam stars as Arthur, the beleaguered son of Eric Bana’s King Uther Pendragon, who after a torturous death of his parents as a young boy — is raised in the village brothel, never knowing of his true origins. Jude Law, expertly cast as the evil uncle Vortigern takes over the throne upon his brother’s demise.
We get a fast-forwarded glimpse into Arthur’s life through his adolescence into adulthood where he’s learned some tricky ways to live, along with his band of brothers. Meanwhile, in Vortigern’s kingdom, the water recedes where Excalibur is stuck in the stone, which we learn reveals the fact that the born king is alive and well.
So sets the tone of the film with Vortigern using his henchmen, the Black Legs, to round up men in the village, who would be about the age of the born king, to try their hand at pulling the sword from the stone. And when they fail, they’re branded. SPOILER ALERT: Arthur is caught by the Black Legs and revealed to not have a brand, which means he’s never been tested. And from there, its nonstop action as Arthur learns the truth about his past and faces the decision of what he must do next.
Watching this film in 3D made the action scenes dynamic and proved to be a good tool for when Ritchie had the sweeping landscape shots of the kingdom. These were my favorite parts showcasing the scenery because the lush greenery was just magnificent.
I hadn’t seen a Guy Ritchie movie in a minute and wasn’t expecting the influx of the comedy that’s permeated throughout the film. If you’re a purist, this may disarm you, but for me, it worked. Mostly because I felt the delivery by Hunnam was spot on. And thought it fit the personality of Ritchie’s version of Arthur. One could say having been brought up in a brothel and literally fighting his way through life, the presence of the comedy was a natural coping mechanism.
And if you’re looking for a great example of this style of comedic quips, see Ritchie’s versions of Sherlock Holmes.
Also, watch out for cameos by David Beckham and even Ritchie himself because, why not?