(for dvd- 2.5 for film)
Starring: Clive Owen, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd,
Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Edgerton, Hugh Dancy, Ray Winstone, Til Schweiger and Stellen
Directed by: Antoine Furqua
Music by: Hans Zimmer
Jerry Bruckheimer Interview
with Director Antione Furqua
A roundtable chat with cast and folks
different ending - a non-wedding version
Trivia notes attached to film
The making of doc
Bruckheimer's photo gallery
An Xbox Game sample thingy, and the film is extra
gritty - plenty of Pict and Woad - Roman-Britans vs Saxon going ons!
you're into Arthur, his chickbabe and his glorious knights, you probably already
know there's a bazillion reinventions and tales lending to the myth. Well, here's
another - and it's pretty damned interesting. The dvd extras are so interesting,
it helps raise the film's "star" level actually. Meaning that, when
you watch the behind the scenes footage, and see the "director's cut"
version of the piece, you realize the effort that went into this. Bravo. It flounders
a bit, but they are messing with Arthur after all. The trivia track that quietly
pops up to give you some fun facts, like for example, while Art and Gwen are getting
"together," the trivia pops up with a little known fact: It takes up
to 6.4 calories a minute to produce a passionate kiss. The other tidbits range
from historical bits to useless star info. The director commentary is very insightful
- for all we armchair producers out there. And fans of the handsome cast will
enjoy the roundtable chat 'tween the upper-eschelon. The behind the making of
is wonderful. Though short - considering! I could have watched an entire mini-series
on this version of the infamous duo and their third wheel. But, it's short and
leaves you wondering to the Internet or Barnes and Noble in search of... The film
itself is longer and grittier - given the room to breath it is actually a three
star film! And as always, simply majestic. Enjoy this-must have dvd. Buy
Review Originally 2.5 Stars - Raised with additional footage in DVD selection:
speaking? This aint 'Camelot' and there'll be no choreographed duets upon
a starry sky. It's a Bruckheimer film, and
Jer likes to make man movies. Those Hollywood blockbuster style testosterone injected
he-man films with delightfully strong - yet feminine in a male fantasy way - women.
faultly towers of this King Arthur is not in the Bruckheimering of the
infamous fabled myth and legend. No. It's not the cast. Which is impeccable. Oddly,
it's not even the urban direction lended by Antoine Furqua. Simply? It is the
two-dimensional Playstationesque character development, and frustrating bits of
incomplete historical information that makes this visually beautiful, balls-out
battle-field filled, mega-budgeted ode to bump-the-lore, fail.
as told here, goes
Arthur (Clive Owen) is a soldier of British and Roman
blood working for Rome on Britain's soil, to strike down the heathens and teach
the proper ways in god-worship.
"men," taken in youth, and trained to fight for a land they can not
properly call home, unquestioning in their loyalty, fight for Arthur and honor.
Of course if they did flee Roman service they'd be hunted down like fox and skinned
as pelts for the fall toga line.
adore Arthur. He's a great leader and he actually respects his men - he even has
a round table for committee meetings and general manly going ons.
just as Arthur's knights are to be dismissed after fifteen years of loyal service,
the Roman Emperor sends a snithering crony in to town to pull a fast one on the
boys. Arthur, who didn't just fall off a turnip cart, starts to get a bit uneasy
with the whole Rome is sacred kind of thinking.
last and latest mission should they accept it
is to rescue a snobby Roman
and his family somewhere North-ish where the dreaded Saxons are currently over-taking
via inhalation of every village they come across. It's basically a death sentence...but
Arthur's duty and loyalty to Rome commands him. The job will change his destiny
and the destiny of Brits forever (<- insert a re-work of the triumphant Gladiator
musical notes by Hans Zimmer here for audio affect)
he'll also meet a really snarly chickbabe on the trip named, Guinevere (Keira
Knightley). This buffed up Guin's no wilting flower and will prove to be an asset
to Arthur en route back to where-ever it is they all call home.
really it. No Camelot, and certainly no love triangle emerges - though a feeble
half-hearted attempt is stuck in somewhat haphazardly and from left of the jousting
field of logic. Sadly the worst part of the film is poor Guinevere. Meant to be
an accurate historical look at who "Arthur" would have been with (outside
of the usual marriage for land or power), her story is so convoluted you get antsy
and wonder why they bothered to put her in at all. Then she appears in battle
in fetish wear - West Hollywood style - apparently correct-ish for the era of
mudslinging, but still utterly distracting.
Owen, is a great Arthur. This long-lurking talent, like a manly serving of
fresh made Crustade Lombarde, brings layers of talent folded into a tall physique,
with a finely tuned ability to pour into any genre, all atop a buttery-base sprinkled
with elderflower opium-like looks to every role he graces. Here, the great thing
about the man, delectable dish-isms aside, is his ability to exclude a strong
confidence with a simple glare, and be hero-ish while still being a mere man.
A helluva a man...but alas still just a man.
band of Knights are comprised of some extreme talents like Ioan Gruffudd (a manlyberry
studmuffin in the making), Joel Edgerton (remember
the name), Hugh Dancy (sigh), Ray Winstone (Ol' Scene Stealin' Ray) and Mads Mikkelsen
(kkinda hhandsome there fella) were wonderful as the baker's halfa Dirty Dozen
of the Dark Ages.
Knightley, who kick-starts debate on dear dainty Guinevere, is her usual stunning
self and again shows she doesn't just play with the boys but she can beat them
up, run them over and bake a pie at half-time. This girl's a true "star."
Arthur's errors lie not within its casting - oh dear no - it's the academic
slide-show intelligence that was given a huge budget yet no room to breath. It
really seems as if (maybe for time consideration?) the film was edited improperly
leaving vital and interest keeping story-lines by the cutting room's bin. On a
more positive note, the set production (Dan Weil) and the costumes (Penny Rose)
are flawless (Knightley's naughty bits aside) and the cinematography (Slawomir
Idziak) stellar. Buy
recommendation: Gele of Fysshe, Douce Ame, Gourdes in Potage with Roast Smoked
Lamprey under Glass Shards pre-boiled in Vernaccia and a vat-o-ale
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French
Commentary by director Antoine Fuqua
extended edition with more than 15 minutes of added footage
On The Land: Forging King Arthur" making-of-the-epic
Table Video Commentary with cast and filmmakers
Vision" pop-up trivia
Arthur Xbox playable video game demo
Jerry Bruckheimer's personal photo gallery