King Arthur—A New Take on an
by The Blonde and
legend of King Arthur, played by Clive Owen (Beyond
Borders), is once again revisited in this Jerry
Bruckheimer production. The story takes place in 452
A.D. and has a much more historical take than any
previous attempts on this tale. Arthur and his knights
have served with honor in the Roman military for 15
years. On the day they are to be released from service
and granted their long awaited freedom, they are sent on
one final mission. This task will prove to be more
dangerous than any other they have had to endure. While
on this mission to free a young boy and his family by
orders of the Pope, the men sadly realize that Rome is
no longer the Rome they once believed in and fought for
all these years. While freeing the boy, the men come
across many people who are unfairly imprisoned,
including the young and beautiful Guinevere, played by
KeiraKnightley (Pirates of the Caribbean). This movie,
unlike all the previous King Arthur movies, makes her
out to be a fierce and trained fighter. Arthur rescues
the lovely maiden and yada, yada, yada...you know the
rest! King Arthur has to embrace his previous enemy
Merlin and savage fighters under his command to defeat
the barbarian Saxons invasion of Britain. Guinevere and
Merlin take this opportunity to influence Arthur to
fight for Britain. He agrees, for he now comes to
realize that Britain is his true home, not Rome. Through
all his honor, commitment, and sense of fair play,
Arthur embarks on his journey to be the “king” legends
Blonde: King Arthur was like Camelot meets Robin Hood,
meets Troy and Gladiator, meets Excalibur and
Braveheart! Oh the drama and pain of Hollywood! A
different time, place, day, era, and fight for the same
greed over power and control. Fifteen long years of
fighting, betrayal, loyalty, and pain…sounds like life
in show biz! No, all kidding aside, this was a
film of honor, loyalty, love, and friendship coming
against (to quote Pres. GeorgeBush) real
Maven: This movie was refreshingly enjoyable with less
sorcery and more character than previous King Arthur
films. I especially enjoyed looking into those beautiful
blue eyes of Clive Owen. How did Angelina Jolie not fall
in love with him while making Beyond Borders?
Blonde: It’s beyond me! I know this is going to sound
crazy. Okay, crazier than normal. But…watching Clive as
Arthur, I felt like I was watching my soul-mate. Feeling
that my soul-mate was caught in another time zone while
I am living in this world. That’s why I haven’t met my
soul mate yet! He is living in 452 A. D. Bummer!
Okay, so does that sound crazy?
Maven: For you? No! For a normal person,
Blonde: Whatever! So, would that make me Guinevere in
Maven: I don’t know, but it sure makes you nuts in this
one… Can I proceed?! Here was an Arthur, less like a
fairy-tale and much more a military man. No magic to
blame for his destiny. He actually chooses to stay and
fight for Britain and its people.
Blonde: Well, I personally blame lack of magic for my
destiny all the time… and speak for yourself! I
found Arthur, the man, to be a total hunk of a
fairy-tale… By the way, didn’t you find the “alas”
well-earned “G” rated sex-scene before the battle, oh so
Maven: There was a sex scene? Did I miss it? I must have
blinked. I do applaud the lack of special effects. The
battle scenes rang true and the locations look rough and
The Blonde: I would rather the sex
scene have been more rough and wintry. I do agree with
you about the locations. They were perfect to relay the
story. I also thought the direction of Antoine Fugua
(Training Day), the cinematography, editing, casting and
music scored by the talented Hans Zimmer were all
perfectly executed. I felt the sex scene was poorly
Maven: Oh my word! There was no sex scene! This was done
on purpose to give the film a PG-13 rating. Originally
the movie was set for a December release. However,
Disney Productions felt that King Arthur could be their
chance for summer blockbuster. To appeal to a larger and
more diversified audience, the director was told he must
cut down on violence, language and sexual content.
Hence, your PG-13 rating.
Blonde: Hence, they completely tied his hands.
Hence, many empty scenes, lack of emotional colors and
conflict, and intrigue. I think an R rating would have
made this movie a touch more interesting and enabled the
characters to have move depth and dimension. One more
thought, why didn’t Sir Lancelot have a girlfriend?
Maven: Everyone knows except maybe perhaps you,
that the original legend has King Arthur, Guinevere, and
Sir Lancelot being intertwined in a love triangle.
The Blonde: Okay then. Here’s where
the “R” rating and the sex scene comes into
Maven: Well, if we’re lucky, we can see the
deleted scenes when the DVD is released. By the way, I
heard somewhere that Clive Owen didn’t know how to ride
horses and had to take a crash course with some of his
“knights” as well. Ya could have fooled
Blonde: Okay! Like, who cares?! Speaking of a crash
courses though, wasn’t that Guinevere one tough broad?
She was pretty, but a few highlights, a touch of blush
and some lip-gloss wouldn’t have hurt her. Maybe that
explains the lack of a good sex scene.
Maven: You’re hopeless. Why don’t you just rent
the “Sex and the City” videos. That should make you
happy. I rate this film a B.
Blonde: I already own all six seasons…loved that show!
I thought that this was a good film. I did feel
the movie dragged making it seem a little too slow at
times. All in all, I rate King Arthur a solid B. Go see
it and enjoy some peanut butter cups and Swedish Fish.
“Long live the King!”
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