After the fun we had with the recent franchise binges we did, Jeremy and I decided we’d pick a genre this time around. And we decided to binge movies about Knights in shining armour with a particular slant on the Arthurian legend. And first up is the most recent of this genre Charlie Hunnam’s King Arthur – Legend of the Sword.

We will be reviewing each movie separately on our podcast at the end of the week.

kING ARTHUR – LEGEND OF THE SWORD (2017)

Raised on the streets. Born to be king.

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I really like Charlie Hunnam even though he’s made a few weird choices to pursue during his acting career, he still manages to come out looking pretty good. And while this film does have its less entertaining points (sorry but it’s almost impossible to blend a serious action flick with comedy and not take some criticism), for the most part, this film isn’t all that bad. It has some nice little CGI scenes that almost push into the three star category and the action sequences are filmed from unfamiliar angles that works well with the narrative. Charlie Hunnam posing with his shirt off several times in the film doesn’t do it any harm either.

king arthur (2004)

The Untold True Story That Inspired The Legend

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Thanks to some new historic findings that suggested King Arthur was actually of Roman ancestry and not British, this version of King Arthur and his Knights attempts to tell a different story that really ends up being a little messier than one would have liked particularly on the casting of Keira Knightly as Guinevere. While she definitely has the looks to carry off the part, we just don’t see this waif of a woman somehow holding her own on a battlefield against hardened and brutal warriors. I mean come on… Ioan Gruffudd was great as Lancelot and it was nice seeing some not-so-big names then such as Joel Edgerton, Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikklesen all of whom are a lot more established now.

EXCALIBUR (1981)

Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a King.

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We’ve watched this film so many times now, we almost know the entire script by heart! This film is definitely the highlight of the three we’ve watched so far but then again, Excalibur is considered a classic and is definitely a classical take on the Arthurian legend.

Jeremy will be reviewing this title so be sure to look out for his review!

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  1. Back in the day, I was a bit obsessed with the King Arthur legend. Read a ton of books, novels, watched a few movies. I even loved the Merlin series on Syfy. I’ve seen Excalibur and the 2004 film above, but not the 2017 film. The book The Mists of Avalon got me going on all things Arthurian.

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