Pretty much everyone knows about Arthur and the sword. Some people have found out certain ways and others found out when a SpongeBob parody was on television. But this is the full blockbuster version, about how an orphan raised by prostitutes who never knew his family ends up becoming a villager in a British kingdom and feeling a connection to this sword, and the result will have the entire army and kingdom after him, only he and his stray villager friends to help.
The characters are pretty throwaway. Guiltily, there are a lot of movies I watch where the next day I'll forget about 75% of the characters' names because they seem kind of background. This is one of those. But was it entertaining and gave off an atmosphere that suited what they were going for? It did.
The best part of the movie is the mage, whose powers and Guy Ritchie's utilization of them might warrant a spin-off of her. She is able to instruct the minds of other animals, and we see this in a scene where King Arthur is ordered to be executed, and I couldn't help but think about how expensive and dangerous that scene had to have been.
I think the main reason this review is rather short is because the atmosphere is forgettable. Like Batman v. Superman, I almost never like it when movies settle for the gray approach, where there are no colours you'd see on sunny days in autumn, nothing memorable to look at. But the movie's chase and fight scenes have a strange enjoyment to them, like when a few people have to jump I'd say 300 feet into the ocean. The actors are given a few seconds to show how scared these people are, and I understood, feeling how there was probable death in front but imminent death a few seconds behind.
Last year, I watched The Huntsman: Winter's War and gave it a B- as well, for its problematic and kind of painfully long-over-the-years story but how it made up for it with a memorable climax. The story of King Arthur and how the sword actually came onto the stone was handled well at least, and I might watch the action scenes again once in a while, so there's that. Especially one where Arthur's friends were being surrounded by King Vortigurn's men. The shaky camerawork allowed me to feel like these people were running for their lives and their pursuers were catching up.
This reimagining of the classic story may not have very memorable characters and some dry set designs, but it's fun, and I expected to hate it and didn't.