King Arthur - Directors Cut (DVD)

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King Arthur - Directors Cut (DVD)

Combining the historical appeal and epic sequences of films like GLADIATOR and BRAVEHEART, director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and producer Jerry Br...

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Review of "King Arthur - Directors Cut (DVD)"

published 22/03/2006 | workangel
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"King Arthur the Roman Knight!"

This is a King Arthur you have probably never before contemplated - taken by the Romans to serve a 15 year term as a soldier when he was a mere lad.

After this opening the action and story starts with Arthur ( Clive Owen) and his band of Knights ( taken to serve as he was) returning home on the last day of their 15 years service. They are all battle weary and looking forward to their ongoing lives. Arthur himseld intends returning to live in Rome which he cosiders to be the centre of the civilised world, and where his mentor lives. He believes that all men are born free and none are born into serfdom, teachings handed down to him by his mentor and which are to be at the heart of the major action of the film.

On their returning day they are forced into one last task before their freedom will be given which necessitates them travelling North into invading Saxon territoy to rescue a Roman family who have strong political links to Rome.

This task coincides with Rome's decision to pull their troops out of England, leaving the natives exposed to the onslaught of the savage Saxons, led by Cerdic (Stellan Skarsgard). Arthur finds himself suddenly out of step with the Roman view and with the Romans he is dealing with.

The climax of the story and the battles are unbeatable, both for pace, writing and cinematography.

The bond between Arthur and his knights is evident and very well done - nothing mawkish. Lancelot (Ioan Griffudd) and Bors (Ray Winstone) are outstanding in their respective roles. There are some brilliant touches of humour, mostly surrounding Bors and his many children which add another dimension.

A love interest is provided by Guinevere (Keira Knightley) who is a Woad, a Pagan tribe indigenous in England. They are warriors who paint themselves to look more ferocious.

I thoroughly recommend this film to anyone who likes action\historical\costume drama - or just a really good story told and filmed in a truly memorable way.


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  • Soho_Black published 02/03/2009
    Re-rated based on Ciao's insistence that such reviews are no longer considered "Off Topic"
  • Soho_Black published 30/03/2006
    I see you've posted this as a DVD review, but you've not mentioned the DVD. Are there any extras? If so, what are they and are they any good? If you add to this, or if you change it to be posted as a "Film Only" review, which can be done by accessing "edit review" in the top right of the review and changing the drop down menu under the "Which format are you reviewing?" question at the bottom, please let me know and I'll re-rate.
  • ben-lloyd published 22/03/2006
    I have this one and DVD. One of these days I'll actually get around to watching it ;-)
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Combining the historical appeal and epic sequences of films like GLADIATOR and BRAVEHEART, director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and producer Jerry Bruckheimer provide a sleek twist on the King Arthur legend. Arthur (Clive Owen), a brave Roman/British Christian warrior who leads his band of pagan knights on missions for the Empire, must complete one final mission before the knights can earn their freedom from servitude and Arthur can return to Rome. Along the way, however, Arthur realizes that the pullout of the Romans will open the door for a crushing invasion of Britain by the Saxons, and he takes it upon himself to fight with Merlin (Stephen Dillane) and Guinevere (Keira Knightley) for the freedom of the British people. Stunning battle scenes with extensive attention to historical detail rely very little on computer graphics and instead use intricately realistic props, costumes, and scenery. Featuring the largest film set ever built in Ireland, KING ARTHUR features a scale replica of Hadrian's Wall and two complete villages. Haunting music by composer Hans Zimmer completes this story of unselfish heroism, which ultimately provides a satisfying completion to the legend of Arthur and his knights.

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