An iconoclastic reinvention of the classic story, ‘King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword’ follows Arthur’s journey from growing up rough in the back streets to claiming his rightful throne.
When he was a child, his father was murdered and his sinister uncle Vortigern seized the crown. But now the Sword in the Stone has revealed itself again, and the prophecy of a trueborn king is spreading among the people. Arthur must come forth and acknowledge his legacy – whether he wants to or not.
Guy Ritchie brings his unique style to ‘King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword’, a sweeping fantasy epic starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law.
10 Reasons why ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ could rock and rule the big screen
1. Arthur is a gritty, hardcore, death-metal warrior king
If you are going to take on a legend, you need to choose someone epic enough to accomplish the task. And as a true son of an anarchy, Charlie Hunnam is definitely the right choice.
Forget about the noble man who becomes a noble king. Hunnam’s Arthur is an ignoble and selfish man with a heart of gold, and just a little rough around the edges.
2. Guy Ritchie’s cockney style will blow your mind
Dynamic character interactions, lots of energy, fast-cut montages, precise dialogue, rough close ups and a detailed harmony between gory slow motions and rock music. That’s Guy Ritchie guys.
Put his style within a gritty reality of low-class medieval Londinium and you've got your cockney Camelot.
3. It’s an extravagant and unconventional new riff of a classic legend
Baz Luhrmann reimagined classic literature with Romeo + Juliet. Quentin Tarantino regenerated the western genre with Django Unchained. Guy Ritchie is now revolutionising the classic legends.
If you fancy old stories retold with a punchy, modern and - in this case even supernatural style, this film is your wish come true.
4. Big budget for big expectations
With a budget of over 100 million dollars, Richie gathered 10,000 people to make his medieval epic, including vast teams of special effects techies. Guy Ritchie has always had a distinctive touch, and the same frenetic, kinetic energy is present here, but this time with Hollywood backing him.
Could 'King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword' end up serving as the launch pad for an entire universe based on the rich tradition of Arthurian legend?
5. Support cast is a bunch of cool guys….
With such a cool king, you need to make the rest of the court likewise...
This is why we got Eric Bana as Arthur’s dad Uther and old buddies Bedivere and the brilliant archer Bill, played by none other than Djimon Hounsou and Aidan Gillen (aka Littlefingers in GOT). Also, you’re not going to see any damsels in distress here. The mythical mage, played by Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, promises to kick more ass than anyone.
These guys are more like British Punks of The Round Table.
6. ….and Jude Law is a killer badass
But the real pleasure comes from Jude Law, who plays the villainous Vortigern. A drastic departure in tone from the usual characters played by the actor. Vortigern is a villain with interesting motivations and unlike many typical antagonists, 'King Arthur' spends a great deal of screen time being conflicted about Vortigern’s complex power grab.
And we’re telling you, it works pretty well and looks like Jude was born to be a demonic proto-dictator.
7. It’s Game of Thrones in Camelot
These days if you talk about crowns, swords and revenge within family it’s impossible not to think about Game of Thrones, and fans of the series wont be disappointed. From the trailer it seems there is not even an ounce of the traditional sentiment in ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’, no romance or happy ever after. There is a sense of old times with ruthless brutality. This is Britain born of mud and blood, not gallantry or lofty ideals. This is Game of Thrones in Camelot.
8. Black magic and punches in medieval times
Impressive visuals scenes involving gigantic elephants and enormous snakes, a ton of bone-crunching action and a pinch of supernatural . Plus the mythical sword Excalibur has more magic than any wand ever made (sorry Harry Potter), with the ability to unleash waves of special effects upon his enemies. In filthy slow-motion, obviously.
9. There is a football player among the knights!
That’s right, King Arthur will be also known as David Beckham debut on screen. Do you think is going be as good with the sword as he is with the ball?
10. The new trailer looks awesome
The King Arthur UK Trailer provides moviegoers with another thrilling glimpse at the thrill ride adventure soon to come.
Backed by the booming strains of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Babe I’m Going to Leave You’, the new trailer further promises an off-the-wall interpretation of the classic legend.