“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” features several nicely-crafted scenes of the legend, including the sword in the stone, Arthur wielding the famous sword, Excalibur. Even the round table is set in place near the conclusion of the movie. The shadow world Arthur enters is very vivid and stands out. It is filled with scary creatures—a giant rat, a giant bat, snake, and just about every loathsome creature one could conjure up in the dark recesses of one’s brain. It also features a great villain—Vortigern (Jude Law), the arrogant king of the ancient British Isles. He had to be rid of his good brother, Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana). But Pendragon’s son survived, and he will exact the ultimate revenge on Vortigern. Jude Law stands out as the villain king, with an undercurrent of evil always brewing just beneath his exterior. And the question should be considered: is betrayal worse when it involves a family member?
The wonderful cast features Djimon Hounsou as Bedivere, Arthur’s right-hand man. By weaving themes of betrayal and devotion, this movie is fast paced, the special effects work well, and Arthur wears his crown by movie’s end. Arthur protects the women that helped raise him. He is loyal.
There is a lot of sword fighting and battles in the movie, along with fistfights, with resulting blood in some cases and many, many characters bite the dust in the film. Also, the “F” bomb is both used and mouthed once, which seemed completely out of place in this period piece. For these reasons we are unable to award the film our Dove Family-Approved Seal. The movie does a good job of showing why Arthur and his sword became legends in the first place.