Is "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" the chosen one to rule the box office?
Growing up and toughing out in the streets of Londinium, Arthur is unaware of his royal birthright to the throne, which is currently being seated by Vortigern. When Arthur fulfills the prophecy by pulling out Excalibur sword from the stone, Arthur is confronted with his destiny to rule, by overthrowing his uncle who stole the crown from Arthur's father.
The fantasy genre piece comes with a twist in this new re-imagining of the Arthurian mythology, but even if fantasy doesn't suit your fancy, it has more going for it than you might expect.
Here are our 5 reasons why you should go see "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword".
Director Guy Ritchie
As noted from the trailers, "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" is directed by Guy Ritchie who was behind the last re-imagining of another iconic literature character; Sherlock Holmes, and we can't say that we didn't like what he did there. That audacious sentimentality of putting a new spin on well-known character is still present here and it's something worth looking forward to. "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" was pitched as when "Lord of the Rings" meets Ritchie's own "Snatch" from 2000, and that's not a normal association one would make between the two. So we are interested in seeing how that combination turns out here.
You may only remember Charlie Hunnam from "Pacific Rim", but the studio had big ambitions for the main (and possibly recurring) cast for "King Arthur". Hunnam was selected over the likes of Henry Cavill and Jai Courtney for the role, after managing to convince Ritchie that he would be in shape to wield Excalibur. Astrid Bergès-Frisbey won her role over Felicity Jones, Elizabeth Olsen and Alicia Vikander. That's not all. The cast also has plenty of recognisable faces with Djimon Hounsou ("Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1"), Eric Bana, Aidan Gillen ("Game of Thrones" and "Maze Runner" series), and even David Beckham.
We intentionally forgot to mention Jude Law because we think he deserves his own spot as a reason to watch "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword". Law wears the crown as the usurper Vortigern in a rare and against-type role that he seems to be revelling in from what we see in the trailer. His elegant poise mixed with his despicable villainy makes Vortigern one villain we would love to hate in "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword", that we can't wait to see him get put to the sword.
Already "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" seems to have all the visual cinematic hallmarks of a Guy Ritchie film; slow motion and video-music inspired camera angles and movements, stylistic visual effects, and not to mention some pretty costuming and production design work. The one thing that seems to have caught our attention, however, is the choice of music that is being used in the trailers and some of the early clips. One would naturally find the electronic mix a little strange to hear in a medieval fantasy, but Daniel Pemberton's unorthodox score seem to be working based on what we have seen so far, which is strange but intriguing.
The start of a new series
If you couldn't already tell from what the studio is putting behind the movie so far, it is banking on its big stars and big budget to make "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" a franchise series. It not only would span as a trilogy (like "Sherlock Holmes" before it), but Ritchie has already envisioned his take of Arthur to last for 6 films. Of course, all's for naught if "Legend of the Sword" doesn't make bank, but we are willing to give this a shot to see how far Ritchie's concept could go.
Cinema Online, 10 May 2017