King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Hermione Corfield, Katie McGrath, Jude law
Genre: Action Adventure Drama Sci-Fi
Country of Origin: UK-Australia-USA 2017 126 mins. (12A)
Released by Warner Bros.
Guy Ritchie's take on the Arthurian legend with trade mark set pieces, cockney geezers, OTT CGI, a well known celebrity cringe cameo, fill out fisticuffs and ......
King Uther (Eric Bana) and his wife are murdered, his nasty brother Vortigern (Jude Law) takes over and young Arthur old testament-like does a Moses, hidden in boat and ends up in Londinium. With the blink of an eyelid Arthur's (Charlie Hunnan) a strapping lad getting a taste of the streets unaware that there's blue blood in his veins. That all changes when he pulls the magic sword, Excalibur out of the stone. The throne of England's up for grabs, it's street wise Arthur Pendragon and Excalibur, I want my throne, get the lads together and have a go at nasty uncle Vortigern. Dad's old pal, Sir Bedivere (Djimon Hounsou) at the ready but there's no Merlin this time round. Up pops the all powerful Marg (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) with her magic tricks to help street wise Arthur with his trusty Excalibur grab the throne. Set pieces, comic OTT CGI, including a super-size elephant on the rampage, action scene fillers and David Beckham in a cameo that should make him stick with the day job. A panto-circus without the fun, laugh out loud, clap and cheer, that teeters, suicide-like on the cliff edge.