Movie Reviews

‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Non-Spoiler Review

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…)

‘The Great Wall’ Review

The Great Wall, currently, is the most expensive film ever shot completely in china – with a whopping reported budget of $150 Million.  It tells the story of a western mercenary, played by Matt Damon, who is imprisoned at the Great Wall, and while there discovers the reason behind its construction is to repel wave after wave of marauding beasts.  While imprisoned at the wall he is forced to fight alongside an army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force of lizard monsters.

While the film is directed by Yimou Zhang, the Chinese director who is best known for great films like House of Flying Daggers and Hero, this is not his finest film.  The Great Wall does have trademarks of Zhang, such as beautiful colors, and great action set pieces, but it has glaring flaws that really bring the film down. (more…)