For as long as Guy Ritchie has been directing movies, I’ve always found myself enjoying his releases as they’re usually something fresh, new, and weird. Some perfect examples are the last two Sherlock Holmes films and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the latter which wasn’t one of his best works but was still fun. The same can be said for his latest work, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which isn’t the best retelling of the famous legend nor one of his best pictures, but it still manages to be entertaining enough with its crazy action and even more crazy cameras/editing to be a good popcorn movie experience.
Fellow movie critic Chris Pandolfi has all of the plot details along with his take on the movie in his review of the theatrical presentation you can check out. Once you’ve had a look, you can hop back here to my take on the film and the few special features that are contained in this release. While I definitely understand where Chris is coming from in his review (along with the other numerous negative reviews for this movie out there), I actually had a bit of fun watching it. I’ll admit it wasn’t easy at first though, as the plot and pacing are all over the place, but Ritchie’s zany camera directing style and wild action scenes managed to keep things a little fresh as I made my way through. Another plus that helped was viewing this in 4K UHD with HDR color, which makes this look fantastic with all the razor sharp details and colors throughout. The Dolby Atmos audio is another kicker both figuratively and literally as you can feel the sounds and bass engulf you as you’re watching the crazy action scenes.
When you’re done with your adventure, there’s a few special features you can check out, such as “Arthur with Swagger” which showcases Charlie Hunnam’s take on Arthur in being a rebel with gentleman qualities that makes everyone want to follow him. “Sword from the Stone” goes into how director Guy Ritchie wanted to give a modern day feel to England’s famous legend and how he went about making Camelot for a new generation. “Parry and Bleed” takes viewers behind the swordplay training the cast had to undergo with some fun bits in between, and there’s a few more extras here that go into the making of the kingdom, filming in Scotland, putting the wild action together, and more.
If you love Guy Ritchie films like I do, you might find yourself a tad disappointed with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, but you’ll also have a good time watching the insane action scenes and small comedic bits play out. Sure, it might not be one of the year’s best films, and it’s certainly not one of Ritchie’s, but there’s still a bit of fun to be had here, and those are the moments that make this a medieval butt-kicking good time for all.