Gradebook: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
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Daniel Rester: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (5.8/10)
Director Guy Ritchie can’t seem to decide what kind of movie he wants to make with “King Arthur,” as the tone and style seem all over the place consistently. The rushed editing of various story elements (including the same flashback over and over) also gets exhausting and annoying after a while, with the film scarcely taking a moment to breathe or savor moments with characters. The cast is decent, with Jude Law and Astrid Berges-Frisbey standing out, and a few moments of spectacle and magic are really awesome. However, the film is mostly sound and fury in a distracting manner rather than in an awe-inspiring manner such as with “Mad Max: Fury Road” for example.
Michael Kaye: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (7/10)
It’s got all the necessary ingredients for a truly great Arhurian epic: a great cast, a solid director with a distinct style, rich mythology and an awesome score composed by Daniel Pemberton. What works the best is when Guy Ritchie gets to do what Guy Ritchie does best, and that’s telling a grounded, character driven story that just so happens to be set in Medieval England. Where the film is struggles is in the editing, trying to cram a longer narrative into a theater-friendly 2 hours. Overall, it’s still a comfortable recommendation, as long as you see it at a matinee.
Tony Estrada: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (4/10)
Guy Ritchie has made a King Arthur feature that is not only completely forgettable but also vastly irritating with its rapid and chaotic editing and completely rushed structure. It is unfortunate that this King Arthur feature had to turn out to be a major dud because the idea of Ritchie actually giving us this familiar story in a fantasy world actually sounds cool. It’s not even visually appealing nor does it impress me with the cinematography due to the distracting lighting and coloring. Charlie Hunnam does give a stand-out performance as the title character and there are a few impressive stylized sequences that Ritchie beautifully delivers but unfortunately the things I did find admirable about this film is far and between. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword focuses more on being this loud, rushed, and dull feature rather than being an exciting one and considering this had the potential to be one of the most fun summer movies in the year 2017 is a real bummer.
Matt Marshall: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (4/10)
Guy Ritchie is more than talented when it comes to style over substance. Most recently, look at his two ‘Sherlock Holmes’ films and ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ for proof. His attempt at ‘King Arthur’ is clueless what it wants to be in the long run. Does he want to be Zack Snyder or think he’s directing a generic ‘World of Warcraft’ film? Who knows. ‘King Arthur’ is nothing shy of a jumbled mess. If ‘King Arthur’ wasn’t in the actual title, I wouldn’t know I was watching a King Arthur movie. This supposed six-film project by Ritchie can’t move beyond a terribly boring origin story.
Scott Menzel: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (6.5/10)
While I wouldn’t deem this film as a much-needed reboot, I found this latest King Arthur adaptation to be entertaining yet completely forgettable. The film tries to tackle too much with far too many characters introduced in just a little over 2 hours. Ritchie’s slo-motion technique continues to grow tiresome and the film at times looks and feels like a video game rather than a film. Charlie Hunnam does the best he can with what he is given and really owns the role. The film is certainly fun to watch and there is enough action to keep those action fans invested. I was never bored by King Arthur: Legend of the Sword but I am almost positive that given a few more weeks, I probably won’t remember it at all. It’s forgettable fun that will more than likely find a larger audience once it hits a streaming platform and Blu-Ray in the next few months.
Ashley Menzel: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (6.5/10)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a great popcorn flick and only that. The action scenes are fun to watch, and Charlie Hunnam and Excaliber are kicking ass and taking names. Jude Law is a terrifyingly fantastic villain and gives us a reason to cheer on Arthur. The story is rushed and under developed in parts and there are too many characters and story arcs to properly care about. While it may not be the best film, it is certainly a blast to watch, even with its faults.
Average We Live Film Gradebook Score for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword: 5.6/10
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