Modern Spin on Old Tales

 

Yesterday, my husband dragged me out of the house to see a movie. I’d expressed great interesting in seeing the film, King Arthur, since first seeing the trailer during the movie Logan. I’ve always loved the story.

For those that don’t know the story, here’s the common synopsis. Arthur was born during troubled times in England to Uther Pendragon. Merlin, who is a powerful wizard advises Uther that Arthur should be raised somewhere in secret because he feared the evil was too strong. After Uther dies, Merlin forges a sword, Excalibur, and sets it in stone for when the one true King comes along, he’ll be able to pull the sword from the stone. Arthur ends up pulling the sword by accident because he was essentially a stable boy and his master wanted it. Everyone recognized him as the one true King and he goes on to lead armies, which are known as the Knights of the Round Table, into battle to eventually fight his biggest enemy Mordred.

There are many, many different versions and this movie was no exception. In the case of this movie, Uther already has Excalibur in the beginning and he’s the one who ends up killing Mordred and his demon army. However, Uther has a brother who is very jealous and wants to take his throne. The brother gains power by sacrificing what he loves most to this Ursula looking being. Uther catches on and tries to flee with his family with Excalibur. Series of events later and you have Arthur the orphan. I won’t give too much away here in case you want to see it yourself.

Now we have this boy who’s raised in a brothel growing to learn how to be a man. What makes this movie so different are the jokes! This man has the coolest friends and they get into some crazy adventures. One instance is with the “town sheriff” who wants a recounting of their shenanigans which involve hilarious commentary between the three.

When the sword in the stone is found, it’s decided that all men have to line up and try to pull it and if you can’t pull it you get a brand on your wrist and go back to town. This sword is a quite beautiful. It markings look like wood pressed into steel along with specific words. Whoever wields this sword, they absorb with immense power. The hilt crystal hilt lights up a brilliant blue color as well as the wielder’s eyes and everything slows for a minute. The wielder is able to see his enemies clearly and the power within Excalibur unleashes this raging energy, like a bomb detonating, slaying enemies with a few swings of the sword.

Another point that makes this version different is the diversity in the characters. They all have different strengths. For example, one is good at talking people down, another is a good archer, and they’re all good thieves. It’s almost like a Robin Hood undertone was thrown in. Merlin only makes a one minute cameo, btw. The main magical individual is a mage woman who is able to control animals.

I can’t deny that the actor lineup played a role in me wanting to see this film. Eric Bana plays Uther, Jude Law plays Vortigern, the evil uncle, Djimon Hounsom plays Uther’s general, Aiden Gilliam plays Uther’s general’s right hand man and let’s not forget Charlie Hunnam plays Arthur! There are others but that alone makes for one fantastic, talented cast!

I know my review has a ton of holes but it’s hard for me to try and tell you about this film without spoiling it but I hoped I peaked your interest somewhat.

What do you think of modern retellings of old tales? Do you have a favorite movie remake? Will you be seeing this film? Let me know in the comments below!

Nel

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  1. I’ve always loved the story too!! I love the sound of the humour in this. I do think that a lot of the “serious” versions produced nowadays about this take away a lot of the fun of the original story- so I’m glad this has that. And I like the sound of the characterisation 😀 This sounds like a really enjoyable movie!!

    • It’s worth a watch! I didn’t expect to love it since critics were saying it was awful. My husband isn’t really into medieval tales at all and he absolutely loved this film! Like you said, people get attached to the old and hate when people put a new spin on the same story. Creativity should be more appreciated in an industry that constantly remakes old stuff!

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