King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is Snatch and Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie's frenetic, Rock 'n' Roll re-imagining of the King Arthur legend, set on the shoulders of Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam.
With King Arthur opening in theaters this week, the first critics screenings are being held, yielding the first round of critical reviews of the film. And SPOILER ALERT: those reviews are not good. In fact, they are probably Ritchie's worse reviews since the 2005 film, Revolver (which you probably don't even remember...)
Check out the #Savage things that critics are saying about King Arthur: Legend of the Sword:
At least someone walked away enjoying the film. From Cinemablend:
"You see, with King Arthur, rather than being over-reverential to the legendary mythical tale, Guy Ritchie makes the classic story bend to his whims and style. And you'll be grateful that he does, too, as the co-writer and director brings the same brash vibrancy to King Arthur that has always made his work, for the most part, so hugely enjoyable to watch."prevnext
While the general Consensus is that the film is a miss, there are some critics who are being more fair and level-headed about their negative impression - such as USA Today's Brian Truitt:
"A well-intentioned albeit unfocused effort to retell the legend, King Arthur offers a little campy fun yet is only a so-so stab at something new."prevnext
Reviews like the one from EW point to the visuals of Legend of the Sword being a major problem for the film:
"There are too many phony-looking special-effects sequences of giant marauding elephants and magical eel creatures to get to. It doesn't matter if they don't help the story; what seems to matter is that Ritchie had enough money at his disposal to conjure them, so why not spend it?...King Arthur could have been a rollicking blast. Instead it's just another wannabe blockbuster with too much flash and not enough soul."prevnext
And finally, wow... some reviews are just straight #SAVAGE!
"Heavily indebted to Game of Thrones in its R-rated approach to fantastical doings and impressively mounted as such, this thunderous, bloody and bludgeoning spectacle could well be the Arthur today's world audience wants. Loud, bombastic and thuddingly obvious, this is a vulgar movie for vulgar times."prev