It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This raucous historical romp spins the iconic legend into something that's relentlessly entertaining, even if it never quite satisfies because it's in such a hurry to set up a sequel. Thankfully, there are some deeper themes along the way that give the actors something to chew on besides the scenery.
In post-Roman Britain, King Uther (Eric Bana) has been killed by his brother Vortigern (Jude Law), who made a deal that involved some very black magic. But Vortigern is haunted by the fact that Uther's infant son Arthur somehow escaped and will someday return to pull the sword Excalibur from the stone and claim his rightful throne. Meanwhile in Londinium, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) has no idea who he really is. Raised in a brothel and trained as a muscled fighter, he has a nice little racket going on. So discovering his identity is a shock. He's immediately spirited away by a mage (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) and some rebels (Djimon Hounsou and Aiden Gillen) who help him plot how to take back his crown.
The entire film is essentially a chase as Vortigern and his chief goon (Peter Ferdinando) pursue Arthur and his growing band of rebels. That all of this is leading to an epic confrontation is no surprise. But Ritchie oddly frames each action sequence as a splintered montage, which means we're only ever watching a series of key images with no momentum or context. Some of these work cleverly, but they begin to wear us out: we know what's happening but we're not able to experience it ourselves. Thankfully the dialogue has a witty present-day snap that brings the characters and the camaraderie between them to vivid life.
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Arthur grew up as a peasant on the streets of Londonium having escaped the terror that was unleashed upon his father Uther Pendragon's kingdom when he was just a boy. But despite growing up away from his royal roots, there was always something special about him; a determination and a willingness to stand up and fight no matter how big the enemy or how slim the chances of survival. This does not go unnoticed by the current King Vortigern, who took over the throne all those years ago. Arthur is captured and imprisoned by Vortigern's men and it's then he learns of his true destiny. And that destiny is sealed when he manages to pull the sword of Excalibur from the legendary stone with the world watching. Vortigern will stop at nothing to keep his ill-gotten crown, but still he underestimates the power that the sword wields. Using his newfound power, he joins with the kingdom's resistance to regain what's rightfully his and avenge his father along the way.
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Arthur might have an extraordinary destiny, but after his birthright was taken from him at a young age, he has grown up an agent of the streets of Londonium and now the idea that he has royal blood is almost laughable. That is until he manages to unsheath the mighty sword of Excalibur from a stone; a feat that can only be achieved be he who is worthy of the throne. This forces him to make a choice, he can ignore the destiny that is pressing in around him or he can seize it once and for all. He joins the kingdom's resistance and it's there he meets the beautiful Guinevere who encourages him to learn of the power that he wields and defeat the tyrannous Vortigern, avenging his parents and ending his rule for good.
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For the most part, Arthur has taught himself all the life lessons he knows, he lives a rough life with his friends in the town, fighting comes as standard for the young man, however Arthur's life is about to change for better and worse. When Arthur is challenged to pull the famous sword from the stone he achieves something that all men before him have failed to do, he retrieves the sword.
Arthur's life story becomes a little clearer, Arthur is the son of Uther Pendragon a noble king loved by his people but when he dies his crown and seat on the throne are stolen by Vortigern who will go to any lengths to secure his future as leader of the kingdom. Since the death of Pendragon, the whole country has slowly fallen into chaos - particularly the capital, Londinium. Vortigern rules with an iron fist and his willingness to use dark magic cause more and more problems.
As Arthur learns about his past, he unites with a group of rebels but the new owner of Excalibur is far from enthusiastic at fighting Vortigern's army. As time passes Arthur realises that he must be the one to restore some peace to the city but with Vortigern leading his troops it's not going to be an easy battle.
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David Beckham may still be learning to live with life after football but he’s turning his attentions to his fledging acting career. The former England captain has landed a role in ‘Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur’.
David Beckham is embarking on a whole new career – acting! The former footballing star has landed a role in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming film, Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. Beckham announced the news in a recent interview with a British newspaper and revealed he is prepared to face criticism if his acting skills are not up to scratch.
David Beckham at the opening of the 'Breitling Boutique' in Madrid, June 2015.
Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Michael Pitt - 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Mel Gibson is awarded with the Crystal Globe award for his outstanding artistic contribution to the world cinema - Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic - Friday 4th July 2014
What if our eyes held the answers to the secrets of life?
The trailer has been released for the intense and gripping new sci-fi drama, I Origins, which stars Boardwalk Empire's Michael Pitt alongside Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides star Astrid Bergès-Frisbey. Mike Cahill ('Another Earth') wrote and directed the film, with Fox Searchlight having bought the distribution rights.
'I Origins': A Thoughtful Science Fiction Movie For Those Who Like Their Biology With A Side Of Philosophy.
An intriguing premise sets the scene for a rather haunting and unusually subtle science fiction tale, exploring whether the lines between science and faith can be blurred. Pitt plays Ian Gray, a molecular biologist who has devoted his career to studying the evolution of the human eye.
Ian Gray is a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. One day, a strange recurrence of the number 11 leads him to a photograph of a pair of eyes that could subsequently reveal the spiritual truth of the universe. The owner of the eyes is a girl named Sofi who, unlike Ian, believes that she has known him in a past life. Ian tends to avoid any non-scientific interpretation of his feelings but cannot hide the fact that he feels complete with her in his life. The pair fall quickly in love and decide to get married, but in a cruel twist of fate, she tragically and suddenly dies. Depressed and empty, Ian receives a call from his lab mate who reveals an impossible discovery; despite the fact that everyone is meant to have totally distinct eyes, she has found a person in India who shares the same irises as Sofi.
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A strong underlying message makes this sharply well-acted Spanish drama much more interesting than its premise would suggest. Yes, it's the story of a very complicated love triangle, which might limit its appeal to audiences who aren't threatened by movies that play provocatively with sexuality issues. But it's a thoughtful and involving look at how attraction and even sex are more about a personal connection than gender.
Set in Madrid, the story centres on architect student Bruno (Gonzalez), who is rescued from a mugging by street-dancer Rai (Cervantes). The two immediately hit it off, so when Rai says that he's looking for a place to live, Bruno arranges for him to stay with two friends (Pociello and Garcia Cote). But their friendship develops a spark of attraction that causes Bruno to question his sexuality. And when his long-time girlfriend Carla (Berges-Frisbey) discovers this, her liberal values are pushed to the limit. Can she accept that Bruno has a boyfriend and make room in her life for Rai? Or might this cause another set of problems.
Yes, the plot is fairly sparky, travelling into some unusual areas without ever being gimmicky or preachy. Director Villaverde maintains a remarkably relaxed, warm tone, centring on the shifting relationships between characters who are intriguingly unsure of themselves. Which of course helps us identify with them even more strongly. So even if the romantic melodrama gets a bit too tangled, we can sympathise with each person on-screen.
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In rural pre-War France, Pascal is a widower (Auteuil) with six daughters. The oldest is 18-year-old Patricia (Berges-Frisbey), who's starting to notice boys.
She's reluctant about a plan to fix her up with Pascal's employee Felipe (Merad), and instead flirts shamelessly with Jacques (Duvauchelle), a dashing pilot who literally sweeps her off her feet. But her secret courtship with Jacques doesn't go as planned. Then war breaks out and both men are called to battle, leaving Patricia pregnant. And Jacques' parents (Azema and Darroussin) don't want to know.
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In London, Jack (Depp) is brought before George II (Griffiths) so he can help the Brits beat the Spanish to the Fountain of Youth. But after an elaborate escape, Jack ends up in the crew of the ship captained by the evil Blackbeard (McShane) and his daughter Angelica (Cruz), with whom Jack has a past. So now Blackbeard, the Spanish and the British, led by Jack's old nemesis/pal Barbossa (Rush), are racing to the Caribbean to find the secret of immortality. And their first task is to capture a mermaid.
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Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz - Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz Cannes, France - 2011 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 4 - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - Photocall Saturday 14th May 2011
It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...
Arthur grew up as a peasant on the streets of Londonium having escaped the terror...
Arthur might have an extraordinary destiny, but after his birthright was taken from him at...
For the most part, Arthur has taught himself all the life lessons he knows, he...