May 12, PG-12, Warner Bros. – SPOILERFREE
Well, it was because of this “Superpäivä” (Superday) and 3D-tickets almost 50% cheaper, plus a lack of serious alternatives. Because animation movies and/or their real-life version in 3D – err, nope, and “romantic, love story” – AAARGH – u see me running very quickly the opposite direction. Fantasy, action and (brainless) bloodbath – MUCH better. And because of this trailer I actually did not expect more than that, simply some sort-of-entertaining distraction.
Right from the start it becomes clear that this movie only uses names and iconic scenes (the sword in the stone) from the original source material. So in case you studied English literature and especially the King Arthur circles and are a bit of a purist, don’t watch this one, you’ll start cringing right after the opening credits.
However, as I discovered to my own surprise, this total freedom regarding characters and story line has something exciting, because you have no clue what could happen next. And who does not like surprises. Plus, there are endless possibilities for CGI tableaus – again, I was surprised how much I actually liked those and this modern twist. AND hoooraaaay, finally, no stupid redundant “love interest” squeezed in somehow …
The reason why this works is director Guy Ritchie. Yes, that Snatch dude – and what made Snatch so appealing is also put in here: sarcasm, shady guys talking funny, that’s the way to go in a fantasy flick – and there’s the soundtrack between Irish Folk and Apocalyptica, combined with epic fight scenes it will induce some goose flesh…
Charlie Hunnam in the title role has proved this qualities in portraying a troubled, unwilling (and shredded) hero on TV already and delivers once again a quite intense performance. More high quality performers are featured in the cast, e.g. Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jude Law, Eric Bana, Annabelle Wallis, Peter Ferdinando, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Geoff Bell etc. And there’s a funny Cameo, just pay attention during this sword-stone scene…
Moreover, we do love stories about “heroic resistance against a madman in power”, and it seems we can use some more of those right now.
Summing up, in a spectrum between “Excalibur” and “Monty Python’s Holy Grail”, this movie’s tongue-in-cheek attitude is more related to the latter, and it is worth to watch this one in 3D. More Snatch and less computer game (although some of those scenes look awesome, admittedly), I’d even given a higher rating.