Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

"King Arthur" packs a (special effect) punch in theaters


Charlie is now starring in the Guy Ritchie-directed drama "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" and he's revealed what it was like working with the acclaimed director. Ritchie is so adept that the film is compulsively watchable, but it's watchable in the same way as a massive train wreck or the slow-motion demolition of a high-rise. A lot of heads roll down the gutter, a lot of eyes get rolled by the Mage (an ever-sad Berges-Frisbey, butchering an English accent) summoning the magic to help Arthur, a lot of big animals wander in and out, some Christian mythology gets mixed in, and a lot of swords are swished about, often to no obvious avail. After his uncle, Vortigern (Jude Law), murders Arthur's father - the king - Vortigern claims the crown.

Deadline reports King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword earned $1.15M in Thursday night previews at the domestic box office. It may not be yours, either.

Hunnam plays the title character in Ritchie's latest film, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, which follows Arthur as he discovers his capabilities after he draws the sword from the stone. Hunnam, last seen in "The Lost City of Z", finally finds an action role where he's having fun, and he makes the most of it. The bastard son of a prostitute - those are his words - he grew up tough and learned to fight for himself, which is all you need to know about him.

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"There is a scene where he tries to pull out his sword and I get out there, he's got a spiky bit and he got a bit overly rambunctious with it and stabbed me in my six-pack but thankfully my six-pack was so strong I think his sword bent and I only got a little cut".

A dedicated stylist who got his start with gangster comedies like "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch", Ritchie has become a go-to guy for Warner Brothers' franchise hopes, first with "Sherlock Holmes" (a hit that spawned a sequel) and then with "The Man from U.N.C.L.E".

"King Arthur" opens in theaters everywhere Friday, May 12.

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