King Arthur: Legend of the Sword , From the stone to the throne.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is coming to theaters this weekend, and set to open at more than 3600 theaters, alongside Amy Schumer’s Snatched on wide release and The Wall directed by Doug Liman on limited release (Here’s the critics’ thoughts about The Wall).
Ritchie’s adaptation of the story is set be in theaters May 12 ,2017, with Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur, Jude Law, Eric Bana, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, and Djimon Hounsou.
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Here are the critics’ thoughts:
The Playlist – Drew Taylor
Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur’ is a pleasing big budget spectacle, oddly aligned to the filmmaker’s thematic interests and startlingly compatible with his signature razzle-dazzle style. In fact, the soggiest moments in the movie are the ones that adhere the closest to that ambitious multi-film strategy, lessening the fun, and emptying its impact.
Entertainment Weekly – Kevin P. Sullivan
King Arthur could have been a rollicking blast. Instead it’s just another wannabe blockbuster with too much flash and not enough soul.
The Wrap – Alonso Duralde
There are quick cuts and CG imagery and bro-ing out in nearly equal proportions; I found some of this excess to be heady and exciting, but by the end of the film’s running time, it all became a bit tiresome, to say nothing of tiring.
Screen International – Tim Grierson
Commercial considerations strangle the vitality from the movie, but Ritchie does his best to bring a bit of impish wit to the proceedings.
The Hollywood Reporter – Todd McCarthy
From one moment to the next, it’s possible to on some level enjoy the shaking up of tired conventions in a swordplay fantasy such as this and then to be dismayed by the lowbrow vulgarity of what’s ended up onscreen. The film gives with one hand and takes away with the other, which can be frustrating in what’s meant to be an entertainment.
ScreenCrush – Matt Singer
A bloated action movie with occasional breaks in the monotony. It’s Perfectly Fine; entirely competent but unexceptional in just about every way.
Indiewire – David Ehrlich
Part “Game of Thrones,” part “Snatch,” and almost all bad, Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is one of those generic blockbusters that has nothing to say and no idea how to say it.
Total Film – Jamie Graham
This is a tonal misfire, its characters cut down by a blitzkrieg of whip pans, CGI and thunderous percussion. And with Ritchie again rummaging in his increasingly threadbare bag of tricks, the result is a movie more jaundiced than jaunty.
Variety – Peter Debruge
Ultimately, “King Arthur” is just a loud, obnoxious parade of flashy set pieces, as one visually busy, belligerent action scene after another marches by, each making less sense than the last, but all intended to overwhelm.
We Got This Covered – Matt Donato
Excitement is fleeting, dialogue rambles and Jude Law’s tyrant-approved throne slouch pretty much sums the film’s overall attitude – a hearty “meh,” worthy of no diamond-studded crown.
The Telegraph – Robbie Collin
Ritchie’s film…is so misshapen and inert, your imagination and memory never come close to being sparked by it. Just sticking with the plot soaks up every ounce of concentration you have.
Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.
- Director: Guy Ritchie.
- Release date: May 12, 2017.
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy.
- MPAA Rating: PG-13.
- Runtime: 122min.