King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the newest, and most unique, telling of the story of King Arthur and his mystical sword Excalibur. After Arthur is robbed of his birthright, he is raised in a brothel in the back-alley streets of Londinium. However, after pulling the magical sword, Excalibur, from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his legacy and take is rightful place as the true King of England.
This is by far the most different, and supernatural, telling of the famous story of Arthur’s rise to becoming a King. Directed by Guy Richie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes), the film feels nearly like a superhero origin story. Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) grows up a nobody, but through unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances gains immeasurable power in wielding the sword, Excalibur. He must then use this power to overthrow the evil false King, Vortigern (Jude Law). How does this not sound like a superhero film? (more…)