King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was a really interesting release last week. The majority of the reviews were really bad, getting the movie a rotten on the Tomatometer. So it was not a movie that I was planning to see, but I am so glad that I did.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was criticised for having some good and bad CGI. I can say that it all looks great. The movie was fun to watch and nothing looked like it was obviously green screen. The effects were pretty cool when on screen, adding to my enjoyment of watching the movie. Most of the effects used in most shots are more subtle, but the big action sequences use CGI very well. I would say all the money they spent on effects was well spent.
Another topic that people had a problem with this movie was story and pacing. I can say that there was a pacing problem at the end of the second act and beginning of the third act, but those were the only pacing problems. The rest of the movie flows smoothly other than that slow hiccup. The story was solid, I don’t know why people had such a problem with it. It doesn’t expand or explore the majority of the King Arthur legend like some might have expected, but the story that it does tell is solid. Sure there might have been aspects you might have wanted to see, but the storytelling was pretty tight here with no real holes. An off chute of the story problem people have is the acknowledgement of a sequel. When the ending did come, I realised that it wasn’t a nod to more King Arthur movies at all, it was just a easter egg to the King Arthur mythology itself.
All in all, King Arthur Legend of the Sword was a solid movie that didn’t deserve all the hate it was getting. I believed the story, and this is probably the best movie Guy Ritchie has directed since the first Sherlock Holmes movie he did with Robert Downey Jr. I really liked this movie a lot.