King Arthur: Legend of The Sword (12A)

Legendary Geordie Charlie Hunnam plays a downtrodden, yet surprisingly buff orphan named Arthur looking to redeem his position and take his kingdom back.

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur has had a hard life living in back alleys and supporting himself in ways that aren’t exactly legal. His uncle Vortigern (played by an apathetic Jude Law) sits on the throne and grows ever-powered by a little help from his mysterious magical friends.

But when Arthur pulls his father’s sword ‘Excalibur’ from a stone that no one else could budge an inch, that all changes. He’s forced to acknowledge his true legacy and battle his evil uncle for what is rightfully his.

I would like to say that a battle of epic proportion ensues, but it doesn’t. Instead it’s a reminiscent of two pensioners playing a drawn-out game of chess with plenty of nap time included for good measure.

It’s a battle of good versus evil but with little to no character development you won’t really be fussed either way.

Guy Ritchie has attempted to create a historic action movie that we can take seriously. Unfortunately, you just can’t. It isn’t even a case of that you can’t put your finger on what the issue is. I can, and will, reveal the flaws of the action romp.

For one the effects are piss poor. When you think back to Ritchie’s Sherlock movies, you’ll soon realise how naff the ones in King Arthur are in comparison.

He attempts to recreate the slow-mo recaps were used to seeing in his detective movies, but this time around it just feels like filler, killing time until the next underwhelming action scheme.

Then there’s the storyline, it’s pretty simplistic and yet somehow manages to skip character development. All of this means that when lead characters meet their sticky end that you just don’t care.

Perhaps all the budget for script writing and special effects went to cover the rather embarrassing celebrity cameo from a certain footballer.

Hey ho, let’s find a positive to this movie. The soundtrack isn’t that terrible I suppose.

Despite its talented cast and legendary origins Ritchie’s interpretation of the King Arthur story is bombastic.

By Ruth Walker

★★☆☆☆

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