Movie Review – “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”

By Mica Wilhite

King arthurDirector, producer, and screenwriter Guy Ritchie an­swers the question about why we like Arthur by saying, “He knows how to straddle the line between being hungry without being corrupted by that hun­ger.”

Indeed, the classic twelfth century story of King Arthur is legendary. Tracing its roots back to the Arthurian literary cycle in “Matter of Britain,” its scripts the quest for two majes­tic ideals: Camelot and the Holy Grail.

But another question could be posed about of the age old tale: do we really need anoth­er movie about King Arthur? While Madonna’s ex-husband clearly said yes to that inquiry, the results following the May 12th release of this twenty-first century cinematic retelling of the story would argue no.

The film is intended to be the first of a six-film series. Ritchie says he wanted to bring the sto­ry to a contemporary audience portraying a street fighter style Arthur. Later installments plan to build on this origin story and continue to fill out the legend of Arthur and Excalibur for a new generation of young viewers.

So far, though, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” has fallen on its sword at the box office with only $15 million in re­ceipts after burning up a $175 million production budget. The film focuses too much on visual effects while leaving out the es­sential literary elements that make the story so enduring.

“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (126 minutes) is show­ing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for action, violence, and language. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www. for a full list of show times. Then con­sider planning to see it if you must. However, a repeat view­ing of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” will yield a higher entertainment ROI for your time.

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