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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword takes the Arthurian legend we all know and love and, instead of just rehashing the same story, adds depth to it and really delves deep into Arthur's origin story. Who was he before he pulled Excalibur from the stone? The film answers all of that and more, and I for one am grateful for the change in pace.
The film begins with showing Arthur's father, Uther, making his last stand against Mordred who was dead-set on taking over Camelot. Uther and his wife do everything in their power to stop him. When it is clear that treachery runs deep even within Camelot itself, Uther fights to the death while Arthur escapes. Years later, we find that Arthur has been raised in a brothel in Londinium and has been taught the ways of the streets. He has no idea who he is, but fate has a way of catching up with you. Arthur is soon called by destiny to accept his future and become the king we all know.
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Guy Ritchie masterfully directs this wonderful and beautiful story, perfectly separating the serious times from the comedic times so that nothing's ever overdone or underwhelming. The visuals were absolutely stunning, however I do have to say that I wish filmmakers would stop it with the effects being a fun 3D quality and put some work into them instead. 3D makes the CGI look bad when it really should be indiscernable from reality by now.
I was impressed with all the actors, especially Charlie Hunnam. He has proven he can be serious and dramatic in Sons of Anarchy and now he shows his action star and comedic side in King Arthur. I can already tell he's going to be the next hero of action cinema and it won't be long before Marvel and DC come knocking at his door.
In conclusion, don't listen to the hateful comments that this film has been getting. It is well-made and a wildly fun ride. If you find yourself confused during certain parts, just be patient. All will be explained before the credits roll. I give the film a 3 out of 4.
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