King Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana) leads his kingdom to victory after killing an evil sorcerer with his Excalibur but the celebration ended early when his brother, Vortigern (Jude Law) takes his life to get his throne. But before he can end the bloodline, King Uther's young boy escapes and was raised in a nearby town. After so many years, the Excalibur once again appeared and knowing that it could be the sign of a threat to his throne Vortigern tries to locate King Uther's son, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) and stop him from discovering his true potential.
There are a lot of adaptations of King Arthur's classic tale over the years and now, Guy Ritchie's takes over to reinvent and put his own flavor to it. After watching the advance screening last Thursday, I can honestly say that he brought life and managed to electrify the entire thing with astonishing fight scenes and dazzling visuals. Putting mystical creatures and setting up new enemies on the fray made it more lively and newfangled.
I love the fact that Guy Ritchie's version brought the iconic character into new environment and prevent him to become a serious and boring hero. The humor was also a huge factor to make the film more enjoyable. The musical score was really impressive and was a perfect fit, especially during battle scenes. It complements the slow-motion fight extravaganza and obviously covers up some of the CGI mess. I just think that the film is a bit long, and it should have been better if they trimmed out some of the dull scenes in it.
It turned out that the casts were the right mix to generate a worthy King Arthur feature. I didn't expect that Charlie Hunnam will really kill his role as he made the King appealing yet invincible of some sort. Jude Law also did a remarkable job as the rightful villain counterpart for the throne. While other key stars like Eric Bana, Aidan Gillen, and Djimon Hounsou, all did their part as supporting key roles.
Overall, King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword is a great fresh new take to the classic story of King Arthur. It is equipped with electric action sequences and full of surprises from Director Guy Ritchie. Looking for Lancelot, Merlin and the others? This is just the start of a massive franchise that I hope would get better as the story goes on. But for now forget about the negative reviews from the critics and go see this film on the big screen.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures PH
Opens May 17 in cinemas nationwide