We all know the story of King Arthur, or we like to think that we do. There have been many interpretations of this classic story, and Guy Ritchie delivers one of the most awesome King Arthur stories we have ever seen. He previously directed Snatch, RocknRolla, Sherlock Holmes, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Regardless of whether you know much about the classic tale or not, be prepared to delve into a world of action, magic, sword-fighting, and comedic storytelling, that will leave you both satisfied and wanting more.
The opening scenes see a raging war going on, which includes a mammoth elephant bigger than anything you could possibly imagine. The King Uther Pendragon (played by Eric Bana – Hulk, Troy, The Timetraveler’s Wife) does something reckless during the war, but it works and destroys their opponents. Not long later we watch a crowd of people fighting to overrule the kingdom. Vortigern (played by Jude Law – The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain, The Holiday, Sherlock Holmes) is seen ringing a bell at the bottom of the tower; he stabs his wife and sends her out to the water.
We watch King Uther Pendragon run towards a boat with his son and wife (played by Poppy Delevingne – sister to Cara Delevingne), but at the dock, his wife gets shot by an arrow which the little boy sees over his father’s shoulder. Later he watches his father die as he jumps into the boat and lets the water take him away.
We watch the boy turn into a man. It was bad enough seeing his family die, but he has an – just as traumatic – experience as a child where we watch him being picked on; but, that just gives him the drive to become tough, to train and become a strong man (played by Charlie Hunnam – Sons of Anarchy, Queer As Folk, Green Street, Pacific Rim). One his adopted family can be proud of. He is the lost king, King Arthur.
When the waters drop, the sword – Excalibur – reveals itself. It’s time for every male to try to take the sword from the stone so that the lost king can be found. It’s Arthur’s turn to put two hands on the sword and attempt to pull it from the stone. Trigger (played by, former footballer, David Beckham) instructs him on how to do it. Arthur feels the power from the sword and manages to take it from the stone, before passing out.
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The rest of the film builds and builds as he leads a battle to overthrow the wrongfully crowned King Vortigern. Can he reclaim his crown and save his people from the power-hungry, malevolent, sinister Vortigern?
There’s a lot more to the story, with some incredible scenes throughout. It is a typical Guy Ritchie film, including long-winded yet comical storytelling scenes that just completes this movie.
An all-star cast will have you recognising plenty of faces, yet making you question where you’ve seen them before. Apart from the aforementioned names, you will see Neil Maskell (from Channel 4’s TV series Humans), Annabelle Wallis (from Peaky Blinders, as well as The Tudors), Hermione Corfield (from The Halcyon), Katie McGrath (from Jurassic World, Supergirl, Slasher, Merlin, Dracula), Djimon Hounsou (from Amistad, Gladiator, In America, Blood Diamond, Guardians of the Galaxy), Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey (from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Georgina Campbell (from Broadchurch), Freddie Fox (from Cucumber, Banana, Pride) and Aidan Gillen (from Game of Thrones, The Wire, Love/Hate). Be prepared to see even more well-known actors and actresses amongst the scenes of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
There’s incredible action scenes throughout and plenty of 3D imagery that will make viewing in 3D out of this world. It is also great to see Jude Law play an evil character; he fully embraces King Vortigern and plays him so well. Charlie Hunnam is perfect as King Arthur, we could watch it again and again just for him. Yet, David Beckham fully shines in his small role as Trigger, proving he has what it takes to become an actor.
Set to be released on 12 May 2017 in the UK, and various mid-May dates around the world; King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a must-see film for everyone.