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A load of self-indulgent frippery from Guy Ritchie: Review of King Arthur

Too many characters, too much gimickry - and what on earth are elephants and giant snakes doing in a period epic feature?

movie reviews Updated: May 12, 2017 17:14 IST
Rashid Irani
Using lightning-quick editing, an overload of flashbacks and ‘artsy’ flourishes, the director continually flubs the centuries-old tale of the Once and Future King.
Using lightning-quick editing, an overload of flashbacks and ‘artsy’ flourishes, the director continually flubs the centuries-old tale of the Once and Future King.
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD
  • Direction: Guy Ritchie
  • Actors: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law
  • Rating: 1 / 5

More outlandish and much less successful than several previous incarnations of the Arthurian legend, Guy Ritchie’s reimagining is full of sound and fury, signifying, well, nothing.

Credited to as many as four writers, including Ritchie, the script brims over with too-many- cooks self-indulgence.

Using lightning-quick editing, an overload of flashbacks and ‘artsy’ flourishes, the director continually flubs the centuries-old tale of the Once and Future King.

Raised as an orphan on the mean streets of London and robbed of his birthright by his power-grabbing uncle (Jude Law, underwhelming), Arthur’s life turns upside down after he pulls Excalibur, the magical sword, from the stone.

Jude Law is underwhelming as the power-hungry uncle who robs the young orphan of his birthright.

Reluctantly acknowledging his true legacy, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) claims the throne and goes to war against the usurper.

Despite jettisoning the roles of Lancelot, Guinevere and Merlin, the story still has far too many characters with little to do or say.

Elaborate CGI gimmickry is used to enhance the murky action scenes, which involve elephants and giant snakes(!??).

A cameo by English footballer David Beckham will likely spark the interest of trivia geeks. Given the all-pervading mediocrity of …Legend of the Sword, the rest of the audience will have little to look forward to in the planned epic fantasy franchise.