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King Arthur

2006-03-30 12:37
 

Synopsis:
Let me sing with inspiration
Of a man born of two nations
Of Rome and of Britain
Declaring his kingly rule and rightful place
Among the defenders of the Wall.

- Celtic poem, 6th century AD

Historians have thought for centuries that King Arthur was only a myth, but the legend was based on a real hero, torn between his private ambitions and his public sense of duty.

A reluctant leader, Arthur (Clive Owen) wishes only to leave Britain and return to the peace and stability of Rome. Before he can, one final mission leads him and his Knights of the Round Table - Lancelot, Galahad, Bors, Tristan, and Gawain - to the conclusion that when Rome is gone, Britain will need a leader to fill the vacuum - someone not only to defend against the current threat of invading Saxons, but to lead the isle into a new age.

Under the guidance of Merlin, a former enemy, and with the beautiful, courageous Guinevere (Keira Knightley) by his side, Arthur will have to find the strength within himself to change the course of history.

What the critics are saying:

"It all feels very worthy, very modern, and isn't helped by (Clive) Owen's delivery. He's fine at fighting but frequently sounds, well, bored."
- Nev Pierce, BBCi Film

"That the movie works is because of the considerable production qualities and the charisma of the actors, who bring more interest to the characters than they deserve."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"It turns out to be as much of a swoony valentine to a social ideal that never existed as any other Arthurian text. But at least it takes the conversation with history somewhat seriously."
- Michael Atkinson, Village Voice


Despite the best of intentions, the addition of heavy historical "background" has stripped the magic out of the King Arthur legend and left behind a generic battlefield epic. Still, seeing Keira Knightly prance about in a leather bikini is probably worth the price of admission.

Tania 2004/09/03 3:41 PM
King Arthur is MAGNIFICENT We loved the entire movie- a nice, intriguing story which was presented in a beleibvable format - I really liked that the actors and actresses weren't plastered with pictur perfect make-up. We loved it and can't wait to buy oour own home copy!!!
M. Wynick 2004/09/14 10:51 AM
King Aurthur I have not seen this version and I am loathe to do so, for fear of dissapointment, having seen "Camelot" many years ago. Camelot, for me, was the ultimate way of portraying King Arthur.
M. Wynick 2004/09/14 10:52 AM
King Aurthur I have not seen this version and I am loathe to do so, for fear of dissapointment, having seen "Camelot" many years ago. Camelot, for me, was the ultimate way of portraying King Arthur.
js 2007/06/20 1:45 AM
c'mon chaps!! there should be a limit re how far poetic license is allowed to be stretched! if you like the arthurian legend, dont watch this, you'll get quite a shock. scrape a legend across a cheese-grater, why don't you.
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