King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) Friday, 10 April 2020

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Fantasy themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Orphaned sons of anarchy.

  • Starring:

    Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aidan Gillen, Freddie Fox, Craig McGinlay, Tom Wu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Neil Maskell, Annabelle Wallis

  • Directed by:

    Guy Ritchie

  • Running time:

    126 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are punched, kicked, kneed, slapped, thrown, pushed, thrown from buildings/horses, slashed, stabbed, dragged by noose around neck, dragged off horses, shoved to knees, shoulder-charged, cut, hit with objects/fireballs, speared, shot with arrows, branded, throat-slit, attacked/bitten by dogs, impaled, slapped, headbutted, sliced, attacked by birds, thrown into walls/columns, shackled (in prison), dragged by hair, executed (beheading), bitten/eaten by snake, dragged under water, turned into stone, kidnapped. People on fire/explode; people fall from great heights/jump to their deaths/jump into a river. People fall down, hit their heads; sword stabbed through stomach. Parents killed in front of children, children taken as punishment (see children in cages). Trials - attacked by snakes, grabbed and dragged by giant bats, attacked by large rats, moving through scenery with bones of giant animals, stalked by wolves. A horse falls to its death after being deliberately riddeon over edge. Explosions, burning bridges/buildings, arson. Battles, armies clashing. Gigantic elephants knock over people/buildings; buildings/structures/bridges knocked down/destroyed/collapsed. Child being bullied (money stolen/pushed/nighmares/thrown in river/chased/head-dunked/growing up in brothel/punched/hit by soldier). Prostitutes are hit/slapped by clients. Threats of violence/death ("I'm going to take your hands for that"/knife to throat/"cut your hand off"/threat to cut off ear). Killing by arrow, head rolling (execution), person tied to chopping block, home razed/burned to ground, murdered mages, sinking barges, riots, killing civilians/rebels, Vikings, slavery mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead bodies on ground, bodies hanging from trees. Person's ear cut off, people's throats slit, cuts on shoulder/faces. Bloody cuts on child's face, bloodied flag, bloody arrow, blood on clothes, blood spatter. Bloodied and bruised man chained up (torture implied). Nose bleed, dripping blood, bloody face. Cuts, scars, bruises, black eyes, blind eye, limping, bandaged head, wrapped hand, sore ribs. Arrow protruding from thigh. Burning funeral pyres. Swords/spears/knife seen entering flesh. Human bones, giant animal bones. Snake cut in half.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting. Brothel setting. Prostitutes (covered by sheets) and clients. Breasts visible on tapestry. Semi-nude sea witches and tree nymphs (breasts covered by hair). Shirtless men, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (brandy, people drink from goblets). Gambling (dice). Tree nymphs hallucinate from snake venom.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bollocks, p*ss. Name-calling (stupid, bastards, son of a prostitute, etc). Slang references to genitals.

  • THEMES:

    King Arthur, Excalibur, the sword in the stone, legends, trials, sacrifice, assassination, fantasy, magic, sorcery, uxoricide, filicide, extortion, murder, armies, rebels, nightmares, kidnapping, orphans.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Funeral, brothel settings. Horses, dogs, giant snakes, giant bats, giant rats, wolves, octopus women, shadowy/smoky/firey man-monster, tree nymphs. Earth quaking. People wear animal pelts/skulls. Raw meat.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Stylish, engrossing, fun, kinetic, chaotic, thrilling, funny, mocking, light, entertaining, violent, unsentimental, thunderous, bloody, bludgeoning, loud. Enjoyable/malevolent/career-best/effective/magnificent performance by Jude Law, unconventional/skirling score, some interesting camera angles, decent one-liners, some imaginative narrative touches, tactile costume design, richly detailed sets.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Messy, dull, strained, bombastic, thudding, vulgar, frustrating, misshapen, inert, lopsided, muddled. Underdeveloped characters, over-dictated plot, generic/incoherent action sequences, deafening music, oppressive CGI, some ludicrous set pieces.

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