Review – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

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king-arthur-legend-of-the-sword-58f73d8b51d4eWeirdly enough, I’ve never been the biggest fan of anything that focuses on King Arthur. I really like the legend of the sword in the stone, but everything after that never kept my focus, at least not until now. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was really the King Arthur movie I’ve been waiting for. Just releasing the sword from the stone is one thing, the magic of Excalibur, the king’s sword, is what I want to watch – and this is the movie for that, obviously, based on the title. Let’s first talk about the plot of the film.

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not. – Written by Warner Bros (IMDb)

To be fair, I did watch this film in 3D. I can’t say the 3D was demanding enough to only be seen in 3D, but that being said – the 3D was indeed excellent – and may have persuaded me to give it a higher score than normal. However, that’s just the visuals, the actual use of the story was something I immediately got into. So far, I think King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is probably the best film featuring the character that I’ve ever seen. The first things you’ll probably notice are the visuals, dialogue, and editing – as each of these elements are insanely well done. There is quick-witted banter edited together with flashback scenery that is unique, humorous, and well thought out. These three elements put together are good enough to keep the audience’s attention throughout the film.

This is just my first impression, though. Let’s go ahead and dig deeper to break down the film and interpret the stars.

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PEOPLE SCORE – 8/10
Acting – 2|Characters – 2|Casting – 1|Importance – 1|Chemistry – 2

First up, we have the people category, starting off with the subcategory of acting, and thankfully, the acting was noticeably great all around.  These characters were diverse, unique, and most importantly, memorable. I think everyone did a fine job in the role, but that doesn’t mean they were the only actor for the job. In this film, there were characters that certainly held independent importance and purpose, but not enough. The main characters basically held the importance while everyone else sorta blended together. Everyone in this film also really worked well together. Their chemistry was off the charts.

WRITING SCORE – 10/10
Dialogue – 2|Balance – 2|Story – 2|Originality – 2|Interesting – 2

Next up, we have the writing category, starting off with the dialogue, which was actually pretty amazing. There’s a lot of memorable lines, and just the way people speak is hard to forget. That’s actually one of the first things you’ll notice while watching – the quick witted speech mixed together with flawless editing. I would certainly say that the film is also very well-balanced and consistently holds a strong focus on the story at hand. When it comes to the story, this film knows what it’s doing. Not only is the story alone interesting, but it sticks with you because it has meaning and purpose. In my opinion, I also think this film feels fresh and pretty darn original when it comes to King Arthur. Was this movie interesting? Of course it was, don’t be silly. I was all-in for this one.

BTS SCORE – 10/10
Visuals – 2|Directing – 2|Editing – 2|Advertisement – 2|Music – 2

Next up, we’re taking a look behind-the-scenes, starting with the visuals, and the visuals were pretty darn great here. Somebody knew what they were doing. I saw this in 3D, which actually was a lot better than you might think. The director actually did a really good job here. Completely based off of what they did, the movie looks and feels great and authentic on a different level even though there’s a lot of creatures born from fantasy everywhere. Well done! The editing was pretty darn impressive in this film, as I said before. I’m always impressed when something surprising shows up thanks to the editor, and that is what you get here. As with most films, I consider this film to be exactly as-advertised, which is good. This doesn’t happen often, but I’m awfully glad when it does. The music in this film is pretty fantastic. So good, in fact, that I really wouldn’t mind listening to a soundtrack of the film just to hear them again. Yep, yep, yep!

NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 10/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 2

Next up, we’re chugging right along into the narrative arc category, which is one of the easiest categories to score highly in. First up, we’re looking at the introduction, which did perfectly. By the inciting incident, we knew who everyone was, the basic setting, and what’s going on in these people’s lives. How about the inciting incident? That was perfectly clear (the pulling of the sword in the stone) and set the rest of the film up for a good ride. How were the obstacles? Totally fine. There were plenty of clear obstacles in the way, just as you’d come to expect. How was the climax? The climax was perfect. It felt like a perfect culmination of everything else put together, just as it should. Lastly, we’re gonna talk about the falling action, which was really great. It had a nice little calming down moment and a definite returning to a new norm moment as well, so that’s good.

ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 7/10
Rewatchability – 2|Fun – 2|Impulse/Buy – 1|Impulse/Talk – 1|Sucks you in – 2

Next up, we’re asking if this film is any good to be considered entertaining when all is said and done. First up, we ask if it is rewatchable, to which I say…yes! I would have no issues checking out this movie again! Is this a film I would consider fun while watching? Oh yeah, absolutely. Whatever technical problems the movie may or may not have, it is definitely fun, and that’s something no one can take away from it. Would I like to buy this movie? Well, maybe…if it was either on sale for cheaper or if I just bought the digital copy. What about talking to somebody about the film that hasn’t heard of it? I really have no impulse to tell anybody about it, honestly. Does this suck you in, though? Oh, definitely. I never once had a problem getting lured into everything that was happening in this film.

SPECIALTY SCORE – 50/50
King Arthur – 10|Action – 10|Drama – 10|Adventure – 10|Halfway Decent – 10

We now move onto the specialty questions that I asked before watching the film. First and foremost, this film tackles King Arthur, so does it really feel like that? I guess for people that are resistant to change, it probably doesn’t all that much, but I thought the fresh take on the role actually made this my favorite variation of the character. I love Excalibur, and there’s no better version of it than right here. The next three questions were solely based off of the genres of the film, action, drama, and adventure. First up, action. There’s no question that this is a very action-oriented film…in so many ways, and I have to say it actually does a pretty great job there. You might not think that this is a very drama-centered film, and you’d be right…but the drama that is there is evidence enough to be warranted full points. Finally, how was the adventure? There were a few adventures, physically and otherwise. Physically, there’s a lot of locations that are traveled through, but as a viewer, you go on an adventure learning about everything and if you watch it in 3D, that’s even truer. Finally, was this halfway decent? Definitely, which to be completely honest, was surprising to me.

TOTAL – 95/100

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