Director: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira
Knightley, Ray Winstone, Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Til Schweiger
RunTime: 2 hrs 10 mins
Released By: Buena Vista International
Rating: PG (For intense battle sequences, a
scene of sensuality and some language)
Released Date: 15 July 2004
(Courtesy from Buena Vista International) :
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 (Clive Owen) wishes only to leave
Britain and return to the peace and stability of Rome. Before
he can, 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 will need
a leader to fill the vacuum - 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 (Keira Knightley)
by his side, Arthur will have to find the strength within
himself to change the course of history. Thrilling adventure,
edge-of-your-seat action and historical grandeur come together
in this unique look at the origins of one of the greatest
legends ever told.
Film Producer Jerry Bruckheimer latest offering, King Arthur,
was a fine display of a modern days action-pack in spite of
the story mythical background.
Set in somewhere near 5th century where the mights of Rome
was fading, Moah, a Barbarian army expert in camouflaging,
attack the empire from it’s fringes whereas in Britain,
the Saxons, which comprises of fearless warriors, attack the
empire from the north. On the fringes of the Roman Empire
exist the Samartians, expert horsemen and Professional soldiers
who had been patrolling the Roman’s outpost for years.
Survivors of a key battle against the Romans, these Samartian
had chosen to serve Rome, with fathers handing down their
roles to sons, in exchange for peace with the ruler.
Arthur, leader of a Sarmatian cavalry unit, which includes
Lancelot, Gawain, Galahad, Bors, Tristan, and Dagonet, embarked
on one final search-and-rescue mission before they could return
to the safety of their own homeland; the mission that requires
these formidable knights to travel through the Moah’s
stronghold and by-passing the Saxon’s forces, to rescue
Marius, a Roman nobleman and his family. Arthur and his Knight
ended up not only having to protect Marius and his family,
but also the human convoy, including Guinevere and a number
of villagers, with the pursuing Saxons hot on their heels...
The screenwriter had wittily cut-short what could be a trilogy
without compromising the essence of history. Unfortunately,
the short runtime had failed to develop key characters like
King Arthur, the double blade Lancelot, the Queen warrior
Guinevere, the dangerously-stylish Tristan and the mysterious
sorcerer Merlin. There is also little mentioned of Arthur’s
younger years where he had pulled out the Excalibur from the
stone; a fairy tale that had once been so fascinating to kids.
Instead, Arthur and his Knights are unjustly rank as unwilling
soldiers fighting a battle not out of their own cause. Arthur
was also portrayed as a struggled leader, torn between religion
and politics instead of a knight of purpose and vision that
most of us used to know.
However, with Jerry Bruckheimer mastery in action-pack film,
nobody will forget the seat-gripping battle scene where Arthur,
his Knights and the beautiful Guinevere standing against 100
over Saxons on the ice-surface. Not forgetting the ending
scene of the ferocious and bloody battle that change the course
of Britain; the Battle of Badon Hill. There were many different
tales of King Arthur and his Knights; however, Jerry Bruckheimer
had adopted an historical approach to depict the legend. Whether
what had been portrayed on this movie were facts or fiction
shall be left to the historians.
Courageous attempt it is. But it could have been better.