7.5/10 Over the years of watching, making and reviewing movies, I tend to feel like I know what I am talking about since this is what I study and love. Movies are my passion and my life. Yet every once in a while, a movie will get amazing reviews that everyone raves about or get terrible reviews and no one likes it and I am in the opposite camp. Although I didn’t speak to too many others who saw this movie, I know the 28% this film got on Rotten Tomatoes sure had the critics bashing it. Maybe I am crazy then for rallying against them but I will gladly come out and say that I enjoyed this movie and it is definitely worth seeing. A lot of time when very unique directors with a specific style come aboard a big budget studio film, the studio doesn’t give them creative freedom to achieve their vision. Often times these directors get fired in the process (see Miller & Lord from the Han Solo spinoff). Even though this film will be a financial loss for the studio, I was really happy to see them let Guy Ritchie have creative control, do his thing and put out a movie that was true to himself. For those of you who aren’t familiar with his films (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Sherlock Holmes, etc.), he has a very unique visual style that you would think might feel out of place in a King Arthur setting but it actually gave it a breath of fresh air. There have been many King Arthur films (the last one in 2004) and instead of having the Spider-Man problem where you keep rehashing the same origin story over and over, this movie didn’t repeat anything from previous incarnations of King Arthur, but instead went in its own direction. The visuals were fun and looked solid, the direction was classic Guy Ritchie, the cast did strong work (Hunnam continues to mature as an actor), the production design and costumes were top notch and some of the best of the year so far, the pacing went by smoothly, etc. The only problems I could think of were a couple mild story elements and although the majority of the fight scenes looked stunning and were edited well, parts of certain fight scenes you couldn’t see what was going on as the camera became too fast and frantic with dust in the air, preventing you from seeing the action unfold. A few complaints aside I would say don’t listen to the critics. Give this new King Arthur a shot and you should be as pleasantly surprised as I was.
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