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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

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sakura06 Thu 18-May-17 17:14:25

Has anyone else seen this? I'm interested in what people thought.

I was excited to see it as I love a fantasy epic and I'm also a huge history geek. However, ultimately I was disappointed by the outcome. It was like a mash up of 'Game of Thrones' and 'The Last Kingdom', but very obviously a Guy Ritchie film: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Arrows if you will.

Apart from Maggie and The Mage, the female parts were supernatural beings, prostitutes or wallpaper (the wonderful Millie Brady who had nothing to do). None of them had much agency or character. Here the film compared terribly with 'The Last Kingdom' which has strong and interesting female characters.

Some of the dialogue was bizarre 'Do as you're f*ing job!' was said at one point. I wasn't a huge fan of the direction or any of the action scenes either or of the soundtrack (heavy breathing!).

Anachronisms aplenty too (assuming it is meant to be set when Arthur was supposedly around): telescopes, gunpowder, raincoats!

On the positive side, there was never a dull moment in it and the scenery was amazing. I also love Djimon Hounsou (and do have a soft spot for Charlie Hunnam). I also failed to notice David Beckham, even though I knew he was in it!

Overall, it felt like a missed opportunity. 2* (maybe 2.5!) out of 5.

sakura06 Thu 18-May-17 17:16:32

Sorry about the bold-didn't realise asterisks did that!

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