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An incredibly imaginative retelling of the myths and legends of King Arthur, this movie is a historical spectacle, and a treat for viewers with a mind bent towards epic battle scenes, steady plot, attractive actors, Blood and even more blood. The movie totally butchers the virtual facts present and does not include the famous Excalibur sword, the illicit love affair between Queen Guinevere and Lancelot and all the fancy legends associated with King Arthur. It portrays the protagonist in a very positive Christian light. It also transforms the known "damsel in distress" tale of Queen Guinevere into a sword- swinging warrior of the tribe called Woads.
Plot: King Arthur ( Clive Owen) is a half-Roman half- British, battle-hardened Roman cavalry officer serving in Britain commanding a unit of the Sarmatian cavalry. Arthur and his band of Knights Lancelot, Tristan, Bors, Galahad, Dagonet, and Gawain have earned their freedom after faithfully keeping a fifteen-year-old commitment. But the Bishop asks them for one last mission, which acquaints them with the Woads and the threat of the Saxon invaders led by their King Cerdic and his son Cynric.
On the way to protect the family they were asked to, the men encounter the Woad Warrior Guinevere ( Keira Knightley) , who is almost starved to death by a Roman after being walled up in a tomb for her pagan beliefs. She is way too much enthusiastic to join the troop. Alongside, they all march forward. In between the revenge, betrayal, loyalty, love, friendships and sacrifices made for the greater good King Arthur gets ready for a final face-off with the Saxons. Will he be able to win the war and wars to come? Will he avenge the ones who have fallen? Will he be a successful King to his country? Will the evil be finally driven off for good? Watch the movie for all the epic action and ending.
Analysis: How King Arthur overcomes his difficulties, utopian views and his arguably more sensible romantic relationship with Guinevere helps the plot proceed forward are a few hits in the scenes of the movies. The fantastic battles and the scenes of the Knights Tristan, Bors and Lancelot dying are superb. The movie might not strike a chord with all kinds of an audience, but it is appealing enough to qualify for a one time watch.
Star Performances: Clive Owen portrays King Arthur as a character more noble than charismatic. More warrior-like than King. He delivers his dialogues with a passion though not extremely warrior-like, but more of a utopian believer. Stellan Skarsgard, playing Cerdic, the Saxon leader, is played by whose gleefully villainy nature confirm his stature as the total bad-ass even his son tries to avoid despite him being in negative shades too. Ioan Gruffudd pulls off a daring Lancelot who from fighting from his childhood to the end, do it in style. His sword fighting scenes are incredible, and we wished for him to have a greater screen time. Keira Knightley did an alright job though some of her scenes were so annoying and stupid, it seemed hard even to believe why even Guinevere was even allowed to breathe.
What's there? 1. The story is unusual, not paralleling upon the lines of previous movies and known rumors and yet delivers a nice watch. 2. Mind-blowing battle sequences. Thanks to the computers and technology. 3. Good performances by the cast specially Ioan Gruffudd with his two swords. 4. The great stirring background scores by Hans Zimmers, which fits perfectly with the movie.
What's not there? 1. So many mistakes. The costumes, shoes, architecture and sceneries don't fill the bill in many shots. 2. There is nothing very special about the movie. It is decent enough but not special.
Verdict: This darker than the usual Arthurian movies makes up for a one time watch
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