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Blu-Ray Review: ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Blu-ray
Warner Bros. Studio

Guy Ritchie has a knack for pulling out the punchiness of stale tales. Ritchie did it for Sherlock Holmes; and he did it for The Man from U.N.C.L.E., so it seemed logical that King Arthur: Legend of the Sword would see Ritchie do the same for King Arthur. Add to that the blockbuster chops of Hunnam, Law, Bana, and Hounsou, and a betting audience would wager a crown that Ritchie could indeed pull that stock from the rock.

And while Arthur is not a complete misfire in terms of authentic action and storytelling, the punch of Ritchie’s reimagining seems pulled rather than provocative. Exciting performances all around for Hunnam’s Arthur and his round table with plenty of sinister swagger to go around, but the adaptation seems chaotic and confusing in many instances and fails to flesh out scenes that could have made a greater impact on the film’s storytelling.

The special features menu suffers a similar fate, with most features feeling generic and glossed over. Ritchie’s “Sword from the Stone” and the “Legend of Excaliber” featurettes are the standout features, with Ritchie reminiscing about his vision for Arthur and Legend providing a hearty bit of Arthur history.

So, with Ritchie’s brand of fast and loose, but a plotline that seems very confused, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword sees muddied missteps to this medieval tale.

Studio Synopsis: 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.

Studio: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 126 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Number of Disks: 2

Special Features:
– Arthur with Swagger – Charlie Hunnam is a gentleman, a hunk and a rebel, setting new standards as king and new rules with the ladies.
– Sword from the Stone – Director Guy Ritchie as he breathes 21st Century life and luster into England’s most iconic legend and he creates Camelot for a new audience!
– Parry and Bleed – Charlie Hunnam and other cast members get a crash course in swordplay. Vikings versus Saxons style!
– Building on the Past – Londinium comes to life with a new design of Medieval Urban life, built from scratch.
– Inside the Cut: The Action of King Arthur – Join stunt choreographer Eunice Huthart as she teams with Director Guy Ritchie to create the mind-blowing action of King Arthur
– Camelot in 93 Days – Friendships and romances strengthen and fray as the realities of a 93 day shoot set in.
– Legend of Excalibur – The world’s most famous sword is brought to life for a new generation.
– Scenic Scotland – Wrapping a monumental production on location in glorious Scotland.

Additional Resources:
Cast: Charlie Hunnam | Astrid Bergès-Frisbey | Jude Law | Djimon Hounsou | Eric Bana
Director: Guy Ritchie
Central Writers: Joby Harold (screenplay) | Guy Ritchie (screenplay)
Box Office Release: May 12, 2017
DVD Release: August 8, 2017
Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE

Guy Ritchie has a knack for pulling out the punchiness of stale tales. Ritchie did it for Sherlock Holmes; and he did it for The Man from U.N.C.L.E., so it seemed logical that King Arthur: Legend of the Sword would see Ritchie do the same for King Arthur. Add to that the blockbuster chops of Hunnam, Law, Bana, and Hounsou, and a betting audience would wager a crown that Ritchie could indeed pull that stock from the rock. And while Arthur is not a complete misfire in terms of authentic action and storytelling, the punch of Ritchie’s reimagining seems pulled rather…
So, with Ritchie’s brand of fast and loose, but a plotline that seems very confused, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword sees muddied missteps to this medieval tale.

Blu-ray Review: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Story - 5
Cinematography - 8
Sound - 8
Acting - 9
Entertainment Value - 8

7.6

Overall Score

So, with Ritchie’s brand of fast and loose, but a plotline that seems very confused, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword sees muddied missteps to this medieval tale.

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