Why I Didn’t Break My Back to See ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’

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Is another Excalibur worth it? 

Guy Ritchie’s (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) King Arthur: Legend of the Sword came out on May 12, and I did not see it. As a movie maniac (Action, Superhero, and Sci-Fi especially), I confess to watching “too many” movies, even silly ones.

As if there’s such thing as too many movies. 

Movie night is the best night! – image via IndieWire

Back to the point, I didn’t want to see King Arthur. While I shared the trailer and talked about it, I found my enthusiasm for the film declining like a squirrel falling off a tree. My brain fell through branches and awoke with one realization: I don’t have to see this movie. It’s predictable—an impoverished Arthur grows up to become a skilled fighter, pulls Excalibur, and becomes King. That’s it. Each version tries to tell the story in a unique way, but how original is Ritchie’s plot from the others? Is it that mind-blowing?

Is ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ worth it?

Charlie Hunnam can’t decide – image via Collider

I consider myself a critic, so by no means am I someone who believes every rating, but Rotten Tomatoes reads “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword piles mounds of modern action flash on an age-old tale — and wipes out much of what made it a classic story in the first place.” The site gave it 27%, but the audience score sits at an 80.

With Game of Thrones or Vikings style action and settings, King Arthur appears to lack originality from the get go. It heavily borrows themes and backdrops from television programs. Lack of a fresh feeling is a letdown.

Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) and Djimon Hounsou (Amistad, Guardians of the Galaxy) are the only recognizable actors. Jude Law and Eric Bana are big names, but they aren’t high on the cast list. That leads me to believe their roles aren’t significant. But there’s another underlying problem…

King Arthur is another example of a cast lacking diversity.

While I enjoy acting regardless of color, this Blerd (black + nerd) likes to see more diversity in film. Sticking one Asian and one Black actor is feels like tokenism (adding one or two actors of color to “diversify”)—shame on you, Ritchie!

If you wish, catch King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in theaters now. I’ll wait or Netflix.