Oh, boy. How many times can we get a King Arthur story? That seems to be the eternal question we’re plagued with answering. Just when many of us think we’ve had enough, Hollywood feels the need to shovel more into the heap. That is pretty much where I stand with this film. It doesn’t look bad — the visuals look pretty solid, and we’re almost certainly to get a series of awesome action sequences. However, the story itself is so old and well-worn that it’s really difficult to get excited about.
This brings us to the ultimate question surrounding Guy Ritchie's film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Do we need it? What is this movie offering that we haven’t already gotten in the past? There are a couple surface elements. In this version of the story, Arthur is a boy who is robbed of his throne and sent to live on the streets. In essence, this has become kind of a revenge tale (though based on the trailer, it seems like Jude Law’s character is very much working on the offensive). Okay, so it’s a bit different, but we wouldn’t go so far as to call it unique. In fact, based on its premise, it seems more akin to, say, The Lion King than anything else.
The trailer itself isn’t bad, but it seems to be struggling to answer the question as to why the movie needs to exist in the first place. Yes, it may have some cool action, but apart from that, there is nothing new or different to set this apart from any other medieval tale we’ve seen a million times over. And its “gimmick” of hard-hitting action? It doesn’t seem like they’re locking down on that hard enough for me to care.
The official synopsis for King: Arthur: Legend of the Sword is below!
“When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not."
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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword hits theaters on May 12, 2017!