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Bleak, remarkably turgid, tediously violent, devoid of drama, deprived of magic, stripped of romance and, except for one of the oddest boy-meets-girl scenes in movie history, a befuddled and befuddling excuse for entertainment.
Luckily there is an element of broad, brawny camp that prevents King Arthur from being a complete drag.
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A nutty, often enjoyable farrago of craft and cinematic sampling, King Arthur moves fast and loose, and is almost aggressive in its absence of an original idea, in and of itself a Bruckheimer trademark.
For better or worse, but surely satisfying novelty needs, Jerry Bruckheimer's King Arthur is set much earlier than usual and against the crumbling Roman Empire, which may even (or not) be historically legitimate.
In a movie like this one, a little madness is its own Holy Grail.
Impressively made and well acted by an exceedingly attractive cast, this dark tale of ceaseless conflict is adult entertainment and will likely disappoint viewers expecting a "Camelot"-like love triangle.
Not a bad movie, although it could have been better. It isn't flat-out silly like "Troy," its actors look at home as their characters, and director Antoine Fuqua curtails the use of computer effects in the battle scenes, which involve mostly real people.
An engrossing, highly intelligent reimagining of the legend of Arthur.
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Iffy for 13+
Entertaining, but ultimately forgettable.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has many battle scenes and deaths, with lots of swords flashing and arrows flying, even if they do not depict gore and explicit violence. Young Arthur sees his town burnt and knows that his parents have been killed, which will disturb some children. Several victims of torture are shown in weakened states and refer to machines of torture. Two characters have a sensual scene with non-explicit sex. Characters talk about women, sex and their physical attributes. Arthur's men drink to celebrate and drink to mourn loss.
Role models: Strong female character, discussion of equality for all as the ideal.
Violence: Frequent bloody battle scenes; allusions to rape and torture; lead characters die.
Sex: Allusions to sexual prowess, a sensual scene of implicit sex.
Language: Anatomical references, cursing religious beliefs.
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink ale, references to drinking to forget and to celebrate.
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