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‘King Arthur’s’ sword is dull, but you can have fun with it

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Arthur and Sir Bedivere prepare for battle.

Arthur and Sir Bedivere prepare for battle.

Arthur and Sir Bedivere prepare for battle.

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After a successful coup d’etat in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, a young Arthur Pendragon  is cast away from the throne to live in a brothel, his heritage unknown to even himself.

After the legendary sword Excalibur reveals itself, an adult Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) pulls the blade from stone, bringing his heritage to light and sending him on a journey to take back the throne from tyrannical King Vortigern (Jude Law).

This definitely isn’t the worst film I’ve seen, but it’s also nowhere near the best. Guy Ritchie managed to make a film that is a complete and utter mess, and yet is enjoyable to watch. Some of the scenes are incredibly hard to follow, as the camera and the environment shift faster than I can blink.

Actions happen for seemingly no reason, for example, within the first few minutes of the movie. Vortigen betrays the king without giving any explanation or motive. He just seems to be evil for the sake of being evil. Unfortunately, there are plenty of other moments where characters do certain actions for seemingly no motivation whatsoever.

Annoyingly, the king makes reference to events that transpired prior to the movie, so to understand what’s going on, one needs background knowledge of Arthurian legends. Unless the film is a sequel of some sort, background knowledge should never be required prior to viewing a film.

Despite all this, the movie is fantastic dumb-fun. The action scenes are shot rather well, with the fight choreography exceptional, especially when Excalibur is in use. The sword allows Arthur to perceive his opponents in slow motion and enhances his strength. While the effects during these scenes are somewhat questionable, they’re immensely enjoyable.

The soundtrack is perfectly fitting. The pieces of music used during action sequences enhance the scenes, making them all the more entertaining.

Despite its many problems, the movie is fun. However, it’s one you might want to consider viewing on a $5 Tuesday or waiting until it comes out on cable.

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