KING ARTHUR, more than meets the eye
08 May. 2017
KING ARTHUR, more than meets the eye
The sword that pricks the soul–Guy Ritchie’s KING ARTHUR–the new film from Warner Bros hits theaters May 12. A bounty of intense bravado, it is also a modernized reboot of a timeless classic.
The story is familiar. An ordinary man pulls an extraordinary sword from an immortal stone. However, in this retelling, Ritchie’s ramped up iteration is told in parallel arcs that reveal not only the story of the sword but also the reimagined story of the man, the legend, King Arthur.
Paired with a riveting sound track, a platter of eye candy in cast members Charlie Hunnam (FX’s “Son of Anarchy”), two-time Oscar nominees Djimon Hounsou (“Gladiator,” “In America”) and Jude Law (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Road to Perdition”), KING ARTHUR: Legend of the Sword, makes a damsel wanna travel back in time to be rescued by these handsome fellas!
During a New York press conference to discuss his latest film, Ritchie said he wanted to take a different approach to KING ARTHUR and explore the man behind the sword.
Known for his signature brand of storytelling, I describe Guy Ritchie (“Snatch,” the “Sherlock Holmes” films) as a jazz musician with a Rock and Roll beat inside his head–full of unexpected riffs and funky beats. Along with, it is the excitement of Arthur’s journey from subsistence to sovereignty that makes this movie sizzle.
“I think the best narratives take a man on a journey that transcends his limitations and allows him to evolve from his most basic nature into someone worthy of a bigger life,” says Ritchie, who also co-wrote and produced the film.
“In our version of the story, Arthur’s life starts small: an urchin in a brothel, running the streets, learning to fight and dodging the law with his mates. Then the actions of others–some with good, some with not-so-good intentions–force him to expand his vision of who he could be.”
Set against a vast canvass of fast-paced action and unwieldy terrain, the essence of the invincible Arthur can be summed up in one word, so says Hounsou, “Humility. At the very heart of this man is humility that allows him to rise to his greatness.” Of that essence, Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “Tarzan,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), should know. While he has appeared in numerous epic, gigantic and heroic on screen roles, his off-camera persona is poised, elegant and even-keeled.
Born in Africa, a circuitous tenure in London would take him from veritable homelessness to runway fashion, farther and further to blockbuster films roles: there are parallels between the fabled KING ARTHUR legend to Hounsou’s fairy-tale, real life trajectory.
In a sidebar conversation, Hounsou went on to explain that the legend of KING ARTHUR reminds him of many African kings–those who ruled mightily with innumerable, hard-fought victories yet maintained decorum within their ascendancy.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, suggestive content and brief strong language, here are 10 Things I like about the movie, KING ARTHUR:
A different cinematic approach to an age-old story
Balance of actors cast in heroic roles
A smashingly good soundtrack
Big action, big payoff
Did I say plenty of eye candy already?
Unexpected plot twists and turns
Contemporary veneer of pop culture references
Fast-paced, never a dull moment
Making the fabled sword equally important to the story arc
A re-imagined role for a known main character
About the author
Sandra Varner has had her hands on the pulse of the entertainment industry and lifestyles coverage for decades, staying current, always.
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