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May 17, 2017

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) --- "Fast Conversations, Magic Dreams, and Epic Fight Scenes. Everything You Could Want In An Heavily British Film."

Plot Summary
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. 


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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a cross between Lord of the Rings and Kingdom of Heaven (minus the religion aspect). Since this is a Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holms, The Man from U.N.C.L.E) film viewers can expect and adventure centered around a boat load of stylized fighting and the occasional addition of important dialogue. Ritchie uses techniques reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes – descriptive montage and antiquated jokes, the former tending to be mind reeling and the later being historically distracting.

     The story is clear. It is as much about Excalibur as it is about Arthur’s (Charlie HunnamSons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) destiny. However, there are moments when you are forced to continue the story without fully understanding an event and then not much later the information on that event is now forced down your throat rather quickly. Arthur as the reluctant hero is an unsurprising cliché, although the hesitancy is done well over time is becomes annoying. As a result, much of the film is either centered on fast paced fighting or VFX hallucinations which result in underused and underdeveloped characters (yes David Beckham is in the film).
     Aside from the aforementioned criticism, I appreciate it when a film takes pride in creating its own world versus films that are unoriginal. Guy Ritchie really knows how to capture some incredibly gorgeous wide shots and has an impressive grasp on how to shoot the action scenes. The action scenes are perfectly complemented by an amazing musical score by composer Daniel Pemberton (Steve Jobs), who has found the perfect mix of modern and medieval music to do this film justice.

     Overall, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is an intense, face paced, detailed, and entertaining movie. And while Guy Ritchie's style can be a bit tiring, whether you find this film to be enjoyable or not is completely dependent upon how much of Ritchie's directing you can handle. If you found Sherlock Holmes (2009 or 2011) to be enjoyable then perhaps you can say so here. Besides, it  hard not to have some fun with this new incarnation of the Arthurian Legend. And when everything is said and done the film ends with the idea that more is to come. Rumor has it that The Legend of the Sword is one of six planned movies and if that is correct then hopefully the movies will get better overtime, otherwise we will have another failed series attempt.

“I'm not getting drawn into this mess! There's an army of you, there's only one of me! I'll talk, I'm happy to talk. But there is NO WAY that I am fighting.”
- King Arthur

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  3.5 of 5 stars
Worth Buying:  3 of 5 stars

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Wonder Woman (2017)

Cast & Crew
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Writing Credits:
(Story by) David Dobkin and Joby Harold
Produced by 
Bruce Berman       ---      executive producer
Steve Clark-Hall    ---      producer
David Dobkin         ---      executive producer/producer
Akiva Goldsman    ---      producer
Joby Harold           ---      producer
Max Keene            ---      co-producer
Jeff Kleeman         ---      executive producer
Guy Ritchie            ---      producer
Tory Tunnell          ---      producer
Lionel Wigram      ---      producer

Charlie Hunnam                         ---         King Arthur
Annabelle Wallis                        ---         Maid Maggie
Daniel Stisen                               ---         Londinum Fighter
Hermione Corfield                    ---         Syren
Katie McGrath                             ---         Elsa
Jude Law                                       ---         Vortigern
Astrid Bergès-Frisbey               ---         The Mage
Eric Bana                                      ---         Uther Pendragon
Millie Brady                                  ---         Princess Catia
Aidan Gillen                                 ---         Goosefat Bill
Djimon Hounsou                        ---         Sir Bedivere
David Beckham                           ---         Blackleg leader
Georgina Campbell                    ---         Kay
Poppy Delevingne                      ---         Elsa
Mikael Persbrandt                     ---         Kjartan
Peter Ferdinando                       ---         Mercia
Eline Powell                                 ---         Syren
Freddie Fox                                  ---         Ed
Neil Maskell                                 ---         Back Lack
Michael McElhatton                  ---         Jack's Eye
Kamil Lemieszewski                 ---         Merlin Wizard
Tom Wu                                         ---         George
Kingsley Ben-Adir                      ---         Wetstick
Blue Landau                                 ---         Blue
Oliver Zac Barker                       ---         Young Arthur (as Zac Barker)
Craig McGinlay                            ---         Harry
Lorraine Bruce                           ---         Syrena
Barney Walsh                              ---         Young Arthur
Rob Knighton                              ---         Mordred
Steen Young                                 ---         Nemesis
Tom Metcalfe                               ---         Mage
Cole Wealleans-Watts              ---         Young Wetstick
Hugh Robb                                   ---         Young Arthur

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