If you were to browse through this creative space I’ve built for myself, you would find yourself reading a lot of reviews. Would I consider myself a critic though? Absolutely not. Why review then? Well, in reality I have to categorize them as reviews because if it were up to me I would call them; “Pieces in which Julie raves about things she is slowly becoming obsessed with”.
It often feels like critics make it there sole purpose to find the flaws within a project and though I am critical of the things I write about, I tend to focus on the positive. Which brings me to King Arthur, the movie that has been deemed a flop by Hollywood. In terms of money, King Arthur hasn’t broken even just yet and no matter how much the fans rave about it, the money is truly what matters. Maybe it has something to do with the Mother’s Day weekend opening, maybe it was too ambitious in its goal and maybe Charlie Hunnam just wasn’t enough to “save” the film. Personally? I feel like King Arthur failed to find its “sweet spot”. The release had already been delayed once last year, which was meant to help the opening numbers but with an Amy Schumer comedy as competition and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 still in theaters; the delay only hurt the outcome.
In terms of the movie? I sat in that theatre on opening night and I personally had a blast.
Guy Ritchie’s take on the origin story of England’s legendary King was ambitious in its delivery; I am aware that we are currently in the era of remaking and to attempt to bring a new take on an old idea can be an arduous undertaking. Full disclosure: this is the first King Arthur movie I’ve ever seen, so my view of this movie may be a bit slanted. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword follows Arthur (Charlie Hunnam), having grown up in a brothel and deeming himself “the bastard son of a prostitute”. Every man on the island he lives on must go and try to pull the sword, Excalibur, from a stone as they try to find the rightful king.
Spoiler alert: Arthur pulls the sword out.
The movie follows as Arthur refuses to accept the responsibility that was bestowed upon him by birth. He fights against the power of the sword and as his friends show him how important he is to the task at hand, he slowly begins to believe in himself. After much persuasion from his friends, helped along by hallucinations, he finally decides to try to take the thrown back from his uncle King Vortigern (Jude Law). The story is moved along by massive fight scenes, quick cuts, frantic montages, funny dialogue within scenes that were full of intensity and did I mention the massive fight scenes?
Visually the movie was beautiful and I don’t just mean the times Charlie Hunnam was on screen. If its purpose was to entertain, then King Arthur did its job. Though the mythology of it all was a bit hard to follow and the fantasy aspect more often than not took you out of the movie instead of adding to the story; as a whole King Arthur was worth a trip to the movie theater. I must say; I found it difficult to take the sea creatures seriously; is there a rule somewhere that states that sea creatures must have an altered voice that sounds ridiculous in its attempt at authenticity? While we’re talking about things that were hard to believe; I found the lack of strong female characters NOTICEABLE. Give me a woman in a medieval times movie whose sole purpose isn’t to be rescued by a man and I’ll give you a goddamn standing ovation. In that aspect, I feel like Guy Ritchie could have done better but alas, a testosterone-heavy movie is what we’re stuck with.
Truth be told, I refuse to call myself a movie critic because I just don’t know enough about movie history to be able to accurately tell you what a movie is lacking. So maybe there’s a myriad of things that went over my head but if the studio is after a franchise, I am more than willing to attend more King Arthur movies (as long as Charlie is starring).
I attended this movie because of my adoration ( I say adoration but really, it’s an obsession) for Charlie Hunnam and I continue to be in awe of his talent. His dedication to the film is what captured my attention initially and his portrayal of King Arthur is what makes me believe that a franchise is a possibility. In terms of numbers, the studio may look at this film as a failure but I hope that they look at how the fans are reacting; King Arthur deserves to be seen and opening numbers mean nothing if the people keep going out there to see it. So grab your friends, head out to the movies this weekend and spend 2 hours with Charlie Hunnam.
Subscribe to the blog for more reviews, more music and more Charlie.