Thursday, 22 November 2007

King Arthur

I watched "King Arthur" (imdb link) while feeding our son the other day. I recorded it off the TV the night before and gosh, am I glad I did!

What a good movie! I swear, this is what I have been waiting for with this story - none of that emotional f*ked up stuff that's so present in so many other versions of this story. The characters in this film were all rather simple, straight and naturally - heroic.

Me like.

The film makes out to be a "true" version of the legendary story, where Arthur, the knights and Guinevere are heroic and "clean cut" characters who do what they can to defend their homeland from the dreaded invading Saxons. Even Merlin is de-dramatised, there is no magic present in the entire movie, which could've been a let down for a fantasy buff like me but instead it turns out to be the opposite! :-)
It's beautiful, with just enough violence and justified anger to satisfy. And off course I got to giggle a bit at the Saxon war cry "slakta fienden!" (slaughter the enemy), in broken Swedish. Stellan Skarsgård plays the Saxon war chief.

Again, it won't make it to history as a "one of a kind" type of film, but I really enjoyed it for it's honesty and for the fact that they hadn't spared any bucks on the props. So it's a well made, good looking adventure movie.

Clive Owen ... Arthur

Ioan Gruffudd ... Lancelot

Mads Mikkelsen ... Tristan

Joel Edgerton ... Gawain

Hugh Dancy ... Galahad

Ray Stevenson ... Dagonet

Keira Knightley ... Guinevere
Stephen Dillane ... Merlin

Stellan Skarsgård ... Cerdic

Til Schweiger ... Cynric

Go watch :-)


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