Guy Ritchie is truly a one-of-a-kind director. For those who know his work, titles like Snatch and even the more popular names like Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes and The Man from U.N.C.N.L.E. make sense. But King Arthur? Definitely not, but a Guy Ritchie version of King Arthur? That’s when you start thinking about it and nodding your head up and down.
If you’ve seen the trailers for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, it might feel a bit out there for a story focusing on the famous medieval King, but that’s when you have to remember that Ritchie is directing. His style either works or it doesn’t, and for Legend of the Sword, I do think it could really work.
Now did I love this most recent trailer? No, I can’t say that I did. Hell, I don’t even know if I liked it. But I did like the simplicity the first trailer showed and am actually pretty confident in what both Ritchie and star Charlie Hunnam can bring to this movie. I really love Hunnam in this role as I’ve been a big fan of since the beginning of Sons of Anarchy. Jude Law is a Ritchie veteran who will bring something different this time as the villain, then you add a little something here and there from Eric Bana (who looks to be playing Hunnam’s father), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), the incredibly beautiful Annabelle Wallis (this year’s The Mummy and Peaky Blinders), and the always reliable Djimon Hounsou.
Ritchie always seems to assemble a fantastic cast and this is definitely one of them, but the obvious standout when it comes to a Guy Ritchie film is the look. The look, as far as visuals go, they look spot on, as they always do. But what’s taking place, as in the story, I think I’m just caught off guard. I don’t hate it, but I was not expecting a King Arthur movie to feature such craziness, as in monsters and magic and all that. I’m not against it by any means, it’s just going to have a little bit of a higher hill to climb to win me over. And I’m definitely looking forward to it possibly doing so.
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 (Charlie Hunnam) 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.