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King Arthur back to product details

Clive Owen plays a fence post
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written by shiftless January 21, 2008 - 12:52 AM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Despite my snarky title, I actually enjoyed this take on King Arthur with a few winces. The battles and fights are fun and the story moves along at a good pace. Some of the usual Arthurian mythos get minimized or left out, which suited me fine for this version. Some of the dialog is false but overall well written. I was willing to accept the premise that this was the origin of the myth and not the myth itself and I found it really freshened up a well known story. The end was pretty cookie cutter, heroic cheese.

So despite poor King Arthur's personality-less disorder and the most hilarious battle cry ever put on film I had a fun time watching this. But also I'm pretty forgiving of "battles with swords" movies.

Not so Legendary
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written by Moriarty May 12, 2005 - 8:14 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I want to start off by saying this wasn't a bad movie. The production values were good, the fights were excellent, and overall this was a pretty good flick. It would almost rank as a poor man's Braveheart.
That said, my biggest issue is with the de-mystifying of the legend. I knew going in that this was an attempt to tell the truth behind the myth. And I think in that way the movie failed. It was more like they took a standard action movie and tacked the names onto the chracters.
You get to see Arthur pulling the sword from the stone and the round table, and all the major players are there, but there's no real connection to the events in the movie and the legends that supposedly followed. That disconnect is what put me off giving this movie a better rating.
As a popcorn flick, this movie is better than some. But as the "truth" behind the Arthurian Legends, this movie falls far short.

All Hail the King
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written by RRiutta March 3, 2005 - 9:10 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This movie was much better than I expected. It sought to "de-mythologize" the legend of King Arthur, returning it to its human, historical roots. For the most part, it succeeded.

The production values were top-notch with seemless effects, thrilling action sequences, and gritty costuming that appeared authentic (except for Ms. Knightley's leather bikini, but I'm not complaining). The beautiful cinematography and landscapes gave the picture a chilling, isolated feel that added to the story, rather than distracting.

All the actors did good work, creating an ensemble that was vaguely remniscent of the Wild Bunch in that the characters seemed to have developed relationships honed in battle. They were hard on the surface but underneath they cared for their comrades. Stellan Skarsgard was especially good; his villain was intimidating and believable.

My only complaint was the writing. Every time I heard the word "freedom" I wondered if George W.'s speechwriters had taken a whack at the script. Luckily, this was not a dialogue driven movie and scenes moved along quickly.

If you're looking for some thrills and enjoy bloody battle scenes, this is a movie for you.

Camelot? Not!
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written by talltale December 19, 2004 - 9:07 AM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Better than we expected (for a Jerry Bruckheimer movie), KING ARTHUR has a sumptuous dark look, fine photography, good action sequences, and Clive Owens' gorgeous green eyes. On the down side, it's way too long (Bruckheimer again, not to mention the "Director's Cut," which adds another 15 minutes) and is hobbled by a screenplay that keeps dribbling in chunks of clunky philosophizing--in language that seems out of sync with the Dark Ages time frame. Nevertheless, it's a pleasure finally to have a King Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere free of the usual "Camelot-like" trappings. I don't regret seeing this one.

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