Guy Ritchie began his career as an indie director. Thanks to the successes of Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Ritchie started directing bigger budgeted movies such as the Sherlock Holmes movies. Now he tackles the King Arthur mythos with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Ritchie is known for his dry, British sense of humor. While there were scenes throughout the movie that contained this element, they are scarce. The rest of the movie, however, is rather unexciting for such a big-budgeted epic thanks to its slow pacing. Even for a Guy Ritchie production, the editing of the movie is atrocious. During a montage of Arthur’s upbringing, it appeared that the editor had put the fast forward on by accident.
Jude Law as the Vortigern was the best part about this movie. His performance manages to give depth to an otherwise disposable villain role. It’s a crying shame that the rest of the cast seemed to be phoning it in with their performances. The worst performance of this movie, however, goes to Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey for her monotone delivery.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword had the potential to be a good movie with Ritchie sitting in the director’s chair. However, the movie is a mess in terms of tone and presentation.