Guy Ritchie is a director who is known for his fast slicing narrative style which made his films special. They were quirky and created an instant curiosity in the minds of the audience in knowing about the plot of the movie. The director now tries his hand in the fantasy drama genre and the output is sort of partially convincing. While the elaborate story lacks a compelling nature, Ritchie’s signature style helps the movie at some areas in finding freshness.
Arthur is this guy in Londonia who stays with the girls who raised him. King Vortigern who was looking for the heir of his elder brother finds Arthur in the process. The story here is basically about what happened to Arthur’s parents and how eventually he becomes the leader of the rebellion. (This won’t be much of a spoiler if you have seen the trailers of the film.)
It is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and obviously Sword has a key role here and it is that fantasy factor in this British Baahubali. Arthur is presented as this uneducated guy who was raised in a brothel and that helps Guy Ritchie in bringing in the style which is comfortable for him. After the initial portions heavily aided by stunning computer graphics, we get to see the signature Guy Ritchie style when a commanding officer questions Arthur after finding an outlaw in his brothel. That style gets repeated in a couple of more areas where the screenplay has this narration of plan of action. The fastness and the unusual nature of those sequences are the best things about King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. When it goes to its main agenda of the ultimate fight between the good and bad, the plot looks a little too elaborate and the writing lacks smart surprises to make the experience more exciting.
Charlie Hunnam looks fine enough to be that cool headed homie Arthur, but when Arthur goes through that transformation, the actor isn’t that steady. Jude Law was good in being that greedy King Vortigern. The elaborate star cast has names like Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou and even popular England Footballer David Beckham.
Guy Ritchie has tried to make this film a little different form the usual formula we see in this old times fantasy dramas. From the rough conversation style to his own back and forth narration; you can clearly see the involvement of a director here. At some areas he even manages to encapsulate a long procedure into a small sequence without losing the essence of it. But the problem is that all these things happen very discretely in this movie. The usual rollercoaster feel we get in a Guy Ritchie movie was lost because of the elaborate nature of the movie. The visuals and visual effects are of great quality and the edits are also effective occasionally. I liked that soundtrack they used in the trailer.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword isn’t an entirely disappointing cinema. It has the director’s own style and some stylized set pieces to keep you occupied with the movie. But the missing fresh perspective and the lengthy feel it has after a point makes it a little underwhelming.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword isn’t an entirely disappointing cinema. It has the director’s own style and some stylized set pieces to keep you occupied with the movie.