Guy Ritchie’s reinvention of the classic Arthurian legends has not wowed the critics ahead of its American opening and it currently holds a terrible 24% aggregate on Rotten Tomatoes.
The uneven tone, over-used special effects and David Beckham’s cameo have been singled out in an onslaught of negative reviews. Beckham has also been slammed online by fans after his acting was revealed in the latest teaser clip.
The “well-cast but squandered” Hunnam and “scenery-chewing” Law generally received favourable comments but not even the Lady In The Lake may be able to save this sword and sorcery blockbuster from sinking to watery depths.
The movie opens in the US this wekeend and hits UK screens on May 19 and the makers will be hoping that the fans will be willing to judge for themselves and disregard the following brutal reviews.
King Arthur is an absolute mess… Hunnam’s Arthur tries so hard to be not your father’s King Arthur without trying to be anything — charming or identifiably human, for instance. But the film’s biggest problem is Ritchie’s twitchy edit finger, the perpetual enemy of silence and stillness.
King Arthur is a video-game movie in disguise, for the worst type of video-game fans.
King Arthur is guilty of many blockbuster sins critics have taken it upon themselves to call out over the last decade. And yet, seeing a version of them this derivative and dumb, with neither CGI grandeur nor a sense of fun on its side, is like a splash of cold water in the face, a reminder of how bad things can be when nobody cares.
Guy Ritchie’s knights of the Round Table origin story, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, is two-plus hours of sorcery, swashbuckling, and supersize CG snakes and swamp rats. Somewhere in all of this there’s a good movie trying to get out…
Hunnam and his charismatic band of merry pranksters get lost in the sea of pixels. Which is a shame. Because King Arthur could have been a rollicking blast. Instead it’s just another wannabe blockbuster with too much flash and not enough soul.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER:
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.
Ritchie’s geezerfied King Arthur occasionally sparkles before being scuppered by generic effects, conflicting ideas and an embarrassing celebrity cameo for the ages.
Even with not a few moments of visual grandeur and clever construction, and a decent Jude Law turn, the overall package is every bit as generic and mediocre as feared.
Guy Ritchie trains his maniacally excessive eye on Camelot in King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, a brawny, leaden action spectacle which is enlivened by the occasionally winning overabundance… But the hypnotic sweep of the…