King Arthur

King Arthur

King Arthur
Starring: Clive Owen, Keira Knightley
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
Rated:R Rating Graphic
Studio: Buena Vista Home Video
DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
Run Time: 138


It has a round table, some knights, and a noble warrior who rises to become King Arthur, but everything else about this revisionist legend is pure Hollywood. That’s not such a bad thing if you enjoyed Rob Roy, Braveheart, Gladiator, and Troy, and there’s some intriguing potential in presenting the "real" Arthur (played by Clive Owen) as a 5th-century soldier of Rome, assigned to defend Roman-imperial England against a hoard of invading Saxons (led by Stellan Skarsgård in hairy villain mode). As revamped history and "archaeological findings" would have us believe, Guinevere (Keira Knightley) is a warrior babe in face-paint and Lancelot (Ioan Gruffudd) is a nonentity who fades into the woodwork. Never mind! Best to enjoy the harsh, gloomy atmosphere of Irish locations, the ruggedness of Owen and his hearty supporting cast, and the entertaining nonsense of a Jerry Bruckheimer production that strips battle-ready Guinevere down to leather-strap. S&M gear while all the men sport full-body armor. Hail to the queen, indeed.



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