Brian and I caught King Arthur tonight and it was an interesting irony of a film. The scene that was set from the beginning was that this film was to be a historically accurate portrayal of the real man that became a legend as the leader of the Knights of the Round Table. The filmmakers took great pains to build the history and play up the impression that this was in large part a documentary. This was all fine and dandy until we meet Guinevere. Not only is she the same tired “I am a strong woman who makes my own decisions and bosses men around,” popular lead female character, but her transformation from starving waif to super-queen-of-the-wild-mega-warrior is just ridiculous.
Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love seeing Keira Knightley in anything… but Guinevere in this getup?
Clive Owen was great. I have been a huge fan of his since he starred in the first BMW Films series back in 2001. I can’t wait for his upcoming Sin City (an adaptation of the comic book of the same name… go Baby Boomers!)and I have heard he is slated to be the next Bond – excellent!
Ioan Gruffudd did a fine job as Lancelot. This is the first thing I have seen him in since the excellent Horatio Hornblower series on A&E. (If you have not seen them, do yourself a favor and get the DVDs from your local library – very good stuff!
RATING 8 out of 10