King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

May 15, 2017

First off, this has way more in common with Conan the Barbarian than with anything resembling Arthurian mythos.  In fact, I kept thinking that squeezing Arthur through a Robert E. Howard and Lovecraft filter the way this movie does is really kind of genius and I wish I had thought of it.  When the film opens on a darkness-shrouded ziggurat  and a passable replica of Minas Morgal, complete with flames shooting out of the top, I knew to chuck any expectation of anything making sense out the window. Since Arthur and his band of miscreants are all quite likeable, and I for one find Guy Ritchie’s directorial quirks delightful — he knows exactly when to skip a long narrative sequence and replace it with a snappy montage instead — I had a pretty good time with this.

In fact, it’s a way better Dungeons and Dragons movie than the actual D&D movie. Someday I’m going to rank my “way better D&D movie than the actual D&D movie” movies.

Although I have to admit, none of us could abide how badly Arthur treated his sword. You don’t drag Excalibur on the stone floor, even if it makes cool sparks!



4 Responses to “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”

  1. Jazzlet Says:

    Sounds fun, fun is good.

    How did the birding go in the end?

  2. carriev Says:

    I’ll write up the birding today!

  3. Wait. From what little i’ve seen from the previews it looks like he doesn’t want squat to do with it. So why Wouldn’t he drag it on the floor to make sparks?

  4. carriev Says:

    Yeah, there’s a level of interpretation where magical sword = doesn’t matter how you treat it. One of my favorite things about the movie is how the first couple of times Arthur tries to use Excalibur, he just passes out completely because he can’t handle the power. It’s kind of wonderful.

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