I headed off to the flicks on Thursday to the opening of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword aware that this movie hadn’t opened to big numbers in the USA. I hadn’t read any reviews, heck I hadn’t actually heard of it until the week before when I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and a trailer popped up.
I’ll start by saying I am not a fan of Guy Richie’s films, he has a quirky style of film making that has rarely appealed to me, and sadly I have to add King Arthur to that list. All was going okay, not fantastic mind, and then it got into Richie’s signature talking style which I absolutely hate, this continued several times throughout the movie and only served to annoy. I think had I bothered to look up the film on IMDB ahead of time and discovered it was Richie directing I might have given this a wide berth.
The movie basically tells how the sword came to be, and why Arthur was able to pull it out of the rock where none other were capable of doing so. It follows his life from boyhood and eventual rise to become King, overthrowing his uncle who stole his throne. The graphics are not half bad, and I don’t think David Beckham was quite so awful as the media had portrayed him, though I do think he’s better suited to the soccer pitch.
Apparently there’s meant to be six films in total, it will be interesting to see if studios are prepared to fund them, poor box office receipts in its opening weekend in the USA mean it’s going to have to rely upon places like China to get anywhere. I’m betting it’ll be a one-horse wonder. Save your dollars for Wonder Woman, I read last night reviewers were saying it’s pretty damned good… not long now.