King Arthur (2004)
Historians have thought for centuries that King Arthur was only a myth, but the legend was based on a real hero, torn between his private ambitions and his public sense of duty. A reluctant leader, Arthur wishes only to leave Britain and return to the peace and stability of Rome. Before he can head for Rome, one final mission leads him and his Knights of the Round Table, Lancelot, Galahad, Bors, Tristan, and Gawain to the conclusion that when Rome is gone, Britain needs a king--someone not only to defend against the current threat of invading Saxons, but to lead the isle into a new age. Under the guidance of Merlin, a former enemy, and the beautiful, courageous Guinevere by his side, Arthur will have to find the strength within himself to change the course of history. … More
- PG-13 (for intense battle sequences, a scene of sensuality and some language)
- Drama , Action & Adventure
- Directed By:
- Antoine Fuqua
- Written By:
- John Lee Hancock , David H. Franzoni
- In Theaters:
- Jul 7, 2004 Wide
- On DVD:
- Dec 21, 2004
- Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for King Arthur
A title card says this King Arthur, grimly directed by Antoine Fuqua, is based on the latest research into the mythic past. Maybe so. But one can't help thinking the research that really counted was that into the more recent box-office charts.
I loved the notion of the Dark Ages as the Wild West with swords. Thumbs up.
It's hard to care about a valiant groping for accuracy when a story is so badly told you can't tell what the devil is going on.
By going back to its origins and dusting itself off, the King Arthur story has proved itself to have a very contemporary resonance.
The interminable battle scenes are limply choreographed and unexciting. This is one king that's best left alone.
Fuqua creates a very grim and stylish mood that fits what the concept is attempting to accomplish very well.
Guinevere, no dainty princess she, is a kind of hardened medieval feminist, and the aggressor to Arthur's bashful but equally driven warrior, in both bed and on the battlefield.
In many ways this movie tells us far more about the values and age in which we are living, than the one it pretends to be returning us to.
A brash departure from the legend that retains the round table, but that's about it. Still, the contemporary echoes make the Dark Ages relevant again and the movie, while longwinded in parts, overcomes its shortcomings.
It nods in the direction of tons of potentially interesting developments of plot, theme and character, but doesn't bother to follow through on any of them enough to pay off.
Underrated, revisionist version of the Camelot legend; one of the year's 10 best
In seeking to demythify the Arthur legends, the filmmakers wind up creating a new mythology, one that is probably just as fanciful as those it attempts to replace.
A Guinevere, and an Arthur myth, for our times, if not for the ages.
Existential action yarn with solid performances and interesting characters.
The longest two hours, 10 minutes I have spent in a theater for some time.
Faz uma indigesta salada de frutas com todas as lendas referentes ao personagem-título.
Misguided, miscast, and completely misconceived, the wretched King Arthur is one of the grittier, more earnest failures to appear this summer.
Where "King Arthur" falls flat is in its laborious battle sequences.
Bruckheimer's King Arthur is little more than spectacle, and not very interesting spectacle at that.
History buffs will love this film for the fact that it's giving the controversial new take on the King Arthur legend. But your average moviegoer might find this a bit dull.
Película de buena manufactura gracias a su producción, al rostro de Keira Knightley y al carisma de los actores, no obstante, no tiene nada que ver con la leyenda original.
Audience Reviews for King Arthur
There's some blarney about "searching for historical fact" woven into the story but basically what you get is an old timey adventure/propaganda/nationalism piece about how ENGLAND! (always said in capital letters w/an exclamation in this film) rose from the ashes of nations to become A LAND OF FREE MEN! (They let some women come along with 'em, too.) Ehh.More
King Arthur is another mediocre action film by director Antoine Fuqua, who isn't that skilled as a director to begin with. I felt that the films action scenes were well done, but unfortunately that's about it going for it. The plot is under developed, and never really interesting. I think it's a great shame because King Arthur could have been quite an epic film, unfortunately, it isn't. Fuqua's direction is clumsy and unfocused, and the film suffers because of it. Under a different director, the film could have succeeded, but the film is a mediocre attempt at a historical epic, and the end result is a film that doesn't really make you satisfied. The casting choices for this film are very questionable as well. Aside from Sin City and Shoot Em' Up, I'm not a fan of Clive Owen, and in this film he's pretty bad. So is Keira Knightleey, who usually is a good choice for period pieces, but this isn't a period piece film that she should've starred in. Most of the cast are not right for the part, and Fuqua doesn't know how to craft an action epic, and the flaws are apparent on-screen. The film could have been much better; unfortunately the result is a film that is a badly acted and plot mess that will make you lose interest halfway through the end of the film. King Arthur could almost be seen as a guilty pleasure; however, I think the mediocrity of this film is too much for me to see it that way. I don't view King Arthur as an awful film, but almost. The film could have been much better with a better, much developed storyline and a better cast. Oh well, don't get overly excited before watching this film, you may end up disappointed, I was.More
Overblown bastardisation of the King Arthur legend, knee deep in earnest hammy performances, only redeemed by some cracking battle scenes.More
King Arthur Quotes
- You are free now.
- Bishop Germanius:
- We are all going to die someday. If it's death by a Saxonhand that frightens you, stay home!
- I don't believe in heaven. I've been living in this hell. But if you represent what heaven is, then take me there.
- Artorious Castus:
- Deeds in themselves are meaningless unless they're for some higher purpose.
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