Ritchie - who co-wrote the last draft of a much-handled script with his "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." collaborator Lionel Wigram - aims to create a new take on the Arthurian legend, one that barely mentions Merlin or the Round Table or odd women lying in ponds distributing swords.
It's even harder to understand why anyone making budgetary decisions thought pouring money into giving the King Arthur mythology Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" treatment mixed with fantasy movie pablum would be a good idea.
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But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy.
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"I had a eureka moment and the next time Guy brought it up, I said, "Do you know what pal, if you are so concerned about my physicality put me in a cage with all the chimpanzees that are auditioning against me and we'll have a little fight and whoever walks out of the room gets the role". Chief bad guy is Jude Law's Vortigern, who steals the crown from his older brother Uther (Eric Bana) and has a penchant for morphing into a fire-breathing CGI monster. He can be amusing, and the film, despite itself, is entertaining in parts. Ritchie's "Arthur" is more likely to be remembered for the crime-comedy touches he and co-writers Joby Harold and Lionel Wigram have stamped onto it: knockabout "Lock, Stock"-style dialogues, a campaign planned like a heist, a "safe house" (though sensible, the phrase has an anachronistic ring)".
But even that is due to Hunnam's natural self-effacing charm and the pleasure of seeing Law sprawled on a throne dressed in a casual shirt and pants with a crown on his receding hairline.