King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is Worthy of a Sequel
Vortigern (Jude Law), King Uther Pendragon's brother wants to dominate the humankind so he steals the throne through a sacrifice, needing a blood of a dearly beloved. He ends up sacrificing his wife to sea witches, granting Vortigern's desire to summon a demon knight that would kill Uther (Eric Bana) and his wife. Uther, his wife and their son tries to escape but unfortunately gets killed by the demon knight. Their son survives and drifts away through a boat. The little boy ends up in Londinium and a group of prostitutes find him. They name him, "Arthur."
Unaware of his lineage, Arthur is raised by prostitutes and grows up protecting the women dear to him. He becomes a skilled fighter and along with his friends, Tristan (Kingsley Ben-Adir) and Backlack (Neil Maskell), they confront a group of Vikings for mistreating one of the prostitutes. The Vikings are guests of the king so Vortigen is offended. Hence, sending his troupe called the Blacklegs to raid Arthur and his friends but as Arthur tries to escape the city, he gets caught with hundreds of other men. A mysterious sword appears near Vortigen's castle and the Blacklegs are pushing men into pulling that sword. When Arthur gets his turn, he amazingly pulls the sword out but the power from the sword zaps his strength and leaves him unconscious. In the dungeon, he meets his uncle Vortigen who reveals his true identity. Just as he is bound to be executed, a woman referred to as "the mage" uses her magic to create a diversion while Arthur is being rescued. As Arthur meets "the mage," the dreams that he is always having get vividly clear until he finally gets a full flashback of what happened that night when his father and mother died. He fully accepts the sword and gives all of his strength to defeat Vortigern and regain the throne to become, "King Arthur."
Is it worth watching?
While there has been so many stories about King Arthur as a great warrior of Britain, there is no historical document proving that the stories ever written as an adaptation of his character are actually accurate. His story and character remains folklore. He is a magical figure outfighting supernatural beings. His historical existence makes any book or movie interesting and worth watching because King Arthur is always bound to be a magnificent story.
Though the film was a big flop at the box office with around $150 million lost from Warner Bros. and gathering mostly negative reviews from the critics, the movie is worth every penny. Guy Ritchie is known to make action-packed films and reviving old-age stories like Sherlock Holmes with such hilarious humor. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is another humorous action-packed, supernatural movie with such amazing characters. I was mainly hooked at Astrid playing the mage and of course Charlie Hunnam, who was very captivating on this movie. It was already expected that the effects and cinematography should be awesome so my interest in the movie was more on the storyline and its ambitious plan of a six film series. As the first installment, it is sad to know that it received poor box office and critic reviews so I am not anticipating for a sequel though it would be splendid to have one.
I'm not normally a fan of historical adaptations or anything about history so contemporary works are more of my type but movies like King Arthur: Legend of the Sword give ample information about things from the past that should be revived due to its interesting context, whether it is fictional or a fact.
Though I didn't get to feel that I was watching something historical because of the effects, lines and delivery of dialogues (most especially its humor), I still want to give this film a thumbs up solely for its entertainment value. I was very entertained in watching this so I am looking forward to Warner Bros and Guy Ritchie's brave effort in redeeming themselves through a sequel that would show King Arthur worth of a six film series installment.