“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” Review: Edginess Over Story

Directed by Guy Ritchie

After directing two Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey, Jr. which are entertaining and decently told, writer and director Guy Ritchie helms this edgy, or rather too edgy adaptation of the legend of King Arthur.

If you’re familiar with Ritchie’s works, you’d see some of the same techniques he used with Sherlock Holmes here in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Unfortunately, it’s more of a distraction and unnecessary technique, stylish but unnecessary. This technique veers away the attention of the viewers and it takes away the real reason why people enter the cinema, which is the story.

The film chooses to be more edgy, to be more stylish rather than focusing on telling the story, but how good the intention may be, the audience suffers from absorbing what the film could only offer to them, and it lacks clarity, it lacks a proper path in the story for the audience to follow.

It could have been something spectacular, both visually and in content. A franchise-in-the-making at best. With beloved characters, played by great artists, the potential is there. It actually offers jaw-dropping sequences that appeals to action fanatics, and a wonderful visual effects that will take you on the edge of your seats.

But as an audience, you could only wish that these were just the bonuses, that the main offering of a film is its story. From afar, if you’re not being too attentive and observant of the story, it could pass as your typical popcorn flick. But there should be more to it than what it offers visually, thinking that the story is really interesting and the last King Arthur adaptation did not make a mark.

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2 stars

“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is now showing in Philippine cinemas from Warner Bros. Pictures. Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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