King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

By Angie Raphael

3.5 stars

Charlie Hunnam, who is perhaps best known for his work on the television show Sons of Anarchy as well as the films Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, has been waiting patiently to be recognised as a Hollywood leading man. It is a shame King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was such a flop in the United States because it is actually a decent film with plenty of action, drama and humour. The story centres on Arthur (Hunnam), who is robbed of his royal birthright by his villainous uncle Vortigern (Jude Law), and is raised in a brothel until he is forced to face his legacy and role as the true king. Hunnam definitely looks the part and is convincing in the lead, while Law is also very good and never veers into over-acting as so many actors do in similar roles. The supporting cast, including Djimon Hounsou, Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Aidan Gillen, are also solid, while Eric Bana has a small but pivotal role as Arthur's father. 

Director/co-writer Guy Ritchie provides his signature style of film-making, including his showy effects and sense of humour in the storytelling, but it is not to the extent of some of his other work, so if you are not a fan of his approach you should not be put off by King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The CGI is also incorporated well in the film and the soundtrack is complementary. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a little self-indulgent with a running time of about two hours, but it is set up nicely for a sequel. Whether that will happen is unclear, but I would certainly like to see it.