First ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Trailer Gives Us Medieval GoPro Action
With only a scant few publicity photos to go off of, this first trailer for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword represents our first real look at universe that Ritchie and his cast are creating. And if there is a recipe for the film, it seems to be this: take the legend of King Arthur, overlay it with Ritchie’s signature energetic fight sequences and street-smart humor, and cast every beloved character actor from Game of Thrones you can get your hands on. Movies have done far better with a whole lot worse.
This version of the King Arthur story seems to focus on his rise to prominence, bearing more in common with the anachronistic humor and energy of A Knight’s Tale than any previous cinematic retelling of the Arthurian myth. We see Arthur as an outlaw and boxer — always boxing with those Ritchie characters — before his encounter with the eponymous sword makes him a living legend for the kingdom. Will Arthur rise to the challenge and become the hero legend claims him to be? I’m guessing probably yes.
How much you’re bound to enjoy King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will probably correlate nicely with how much you enjoyed Ritchie’s vision for Sherlock Holmes. If you want a great cast with some high-energy action sequences, you’re in excellent hands. If you want attention to period detail and historical realism? Maybe not so much. Not very many people would choose to tell the Arthur legend with GoPro-style camera work, but then again, many people aren’t Guy Ritchie. And really, if you can’t get behind evil sorcerer Jude Law, then why even bother with movies to begin with?
Here’s the full synopsis for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword:
When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern, Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy… whether he likes it or not.
The cast for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword includes Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Aiden Gillen and more and will hit theaters on March 24, 2017.