Gordon took me on a date to see King Arthur and it was amazing. Loved, loved, loved. Loved everything about it. Loved that they didn’t do yet another rehash of Morgana, Lancelot, Guinevere, loved the special effects, the action, the dialogue. Excellent movie. Go to see in theaters if you can, because it’s big.
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Patricia Schlorke says
I saw this movie too. I recommended the movie to a friend of mine, and she loved it. I agree with Ilona, this version of King Arthur is NOT like previous versions. What I really liked about this movie is the struggle Arthur has about Excalibur after he pulls it from the stone. Go see the movie….you won’t be disappointed.
Really? Oh, from the trailer I was expecting something on par with Gods of Egypt, the perfect movie for bad movie night. Guess i’ll have to check it out in the theatre now
Gods of Egypt was a good, fun movie. The characters did what they wanted to do, rather than what the writers or director wanted them to do. The characters were good (and beautiful), with great interaction. It is unfairly maligned.
You tempt me. I haven’t seen a movie in the theaters since the original Jurassic Park, but this one looks pretty special.
Sounds like the perfect excuse for date night with the hubby!
I loved this too. We got to go to the advanced screening for free, so really cool.
It felt very much like the first of several…a lot of things left open, a lot of thing tossed at you left to be explored in more detail.
Maria M. says
It *was* supposed to be the first one in a series, but looks like it’s not going to do so well in the box office so… =(
Well, word of mouth might help that! Funny that on RT critics give it 27% and audience gives it 78%. Since Ilona recommends as well, I’ll go and see it.
There was a *scathing* review of it from a snooty film critic who threw every negative adjective into his word salad and pissed on it for extra measure, and that just made me want to go see it. (I think he thought it had too much action.)
Patricia Schlorke says
That’s what happened to Star Wars when it originally came out and look what happened. 🙂
I never read critics’ reviews. I always look at the layman’s score.
Although I never figured out the Rotten Tomatoes ratings. Is a high tomato percentage good or bad? The popcorn score is easy, but the tomato one throws me.
Rolling Stone had the first great review of Star Wars. They totally got it, that review is what sent me to the theater. That was a great night., saw it in a theater full of NAS JAX fighter pilots.
Lots of wishing, “I want one!” going on.
I saw it too, and loved everything about it. Completely fresh and imaginative, with those awesome Ritchie touches!
R Coots says
*flails* I LOVED IT. Loved the way they handled the flashbacks and mental ‘here’s what’s going to happen’ things. Loved the world they built and the way they reimagined the story. Loved the agony of Jude Law’s character and how they condensed Arthur’s childhood. Loved the Mage and the handling of Excaliber and and and…
And then I came home and IMMEDIATELY bought the soundtrack because I loved the way it made me feel like I’d run right off a steep slope and I was going way too fast and could barely keep my feet under me. I’m going to crawl inside this soundtrack and live there for a year. And probably go watch the movie in theaters AGAIN.
Oh wow, R Coots, your review just totally sold me. Especially if there is terrific music. I was intrigued over the trailers but I was a bit on the fence because I’ve been fearful of the “beaten dead horse” aspect of most versions. *tic*
Will definitely watch it this weekend. I also watched Pride & Prejudice & Zombies based on Ilona’s comments and thoroughly enjoyed that one, too.
I love Ilona and Gordan’s writing, I am more skeptical about Ilona’s taste in movies. I think the last one I recall her recommending was The Last Witch Hunter. I hope this is a LOT better 😉
Maria M. says
The Last Witch Hunter is awesome!
I loved the last witch hunter! I wished it was a book series I would totally read it.
Eh. Different strokes for different folks.
I thought that the Last Witch Hunter (which I saw following Ilona’s recommendation) was a lot of fun, and, I will also see this movie: but, then again, I love movies that are richly visual and narrative, which is not to all tastes. I really value Ilona’s recommendations for books, and, films, and, hope that we continue to have her recommendations.
Anna L says
Trailer looked bizarre, but my friend in medieval history said that the trailer had some promise. I wonder why critics panned it but audience loved it
I’m interested in seeing it, but didn’t realize it was out til today. Looked it up and saw it has horrible reviews and bombed in the theaters, but I’m not sure why since it looks really good.
I agree too.
Meh. As an Englishwoman I am so over Arthur: we get subjected to so many “takes” on the myth I’m bored. Plus, sorry, but I just always want to slap some sense into Guinevere and Lancelot and Arthur. The same with Heathcliff and Cathy. I had to do Wuthering Heights for my ‘O’ Level English and I got incredibly annoyed at my female compatriots sighing over Heathcliff and how it was all so tragic. Please! They deserved everything they got. Perhaps I’m not temperamentally suited for tragic love stories. I don’t like Robin Hood either.
Wuthering Heights is not a love story. It’s a story, but not about love. Why they inflict it on innocent students is beyond me.
There are some fun takes on Arthurian legend. Not sure whether this is one yet, but I might watch it. I am worried that Hunnam’s anachronistic haircut and costuming will bother me the whole time, though.
There was no Lancelot or Guinevere in that movie. 🙂
A good sign! But it won’t really be Arthur unless there’s a Merlin. Still not over my childhood addiction to ‘The Crystal Cave’ 🙂
I’ve been planning to see this movie and was sad to see the first weekend results.
And Vortigern occupies an entirely different place in this movie than in the Mary Stewart series, judging by the reviews. It’s a lot to overcome when those are a regular comfort read. However, I am willing to give it a try.
The Mary Stewart Books were FABULOUS!!!!!!
Yah, great movie with sword and fight. The sword makes the King Invincible. Excellent movie
I loved this movie I also got free passes to the advanced screening but plan to go again. It’s fast moving and fun. There is music by Les Zepplin!! And Charlie Hunnam for the icing on the cake!
The reviews of this movie were bad but I thought it was something I would enjoy. I liked it very much and I’m glad I didn’t listen to the reviewers.
Patti Winters says
It was awesome! My daughter and I went to see it opening night and we have already made plans to buy it when it comes out on disc. Love the King Arthur myths and this did not disappoint.
Not going to lie. I enjoyed King Arthur more than Guardians of the Galaxy, vol 2. I love Guy Ritchie movies! The snarky fast paced dialogue is always awesome : )
I saw King Arthur and thought it was all right. Nothing special, because I’m way over Guy Ritchie’s too cool male nonsense. LOVED Guardian of the Galaxy 2. Both Guardian movies have much better music than Arthur.
Totally agree!!! Loved this Guardians sequel, especially the music. I thought Kurt’s character was very much like how I pictured Roland’s swarmy charm and mannerisms. *giggle-snort*
Just got back from seeing guardians of the galaxy and i the kurt russell character had shades of Roland… highly recommend going to see it. It was really fun!
Charlie Hunnam. What more needs to be said???
I am going to see it next week. Is it worth seeing in 3D?
Sam Exley says
I went to see it with a friend on opening night. We both loved it. Fast paced, great action, a different take on how Camelot got started. It was great fun.
I had a choice… that or Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2. I needed a Chris Pratt fix along with toddler Groot. I almost peed I laughed so hard, then I cried, then I burped because the popcorn was awful. I stand by my choice.