Guy Ritchie is an acquired taste. His style of directing usually revolves around tough guys with gangster habits. Throughout the years, the British director has gone from indie filmmaker to blockbuster powerhouse, finding success with franchises like Sherlock Holmes. But his latest tentpole is off to a bad start.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a box office bomb, and is expected to lose a butt load of money — potentially as much as $150 million, according to various reports. It’s understandable why the film was panned by critics. Its Bourne-inspired shaky-cam is in full display, and the CGI was a little too overdone during its second half.
And yet, King Arthur has all the ingredients of a great summer movie — it's even brilliant in some ways. So why all the hate?
If you're a fan of #GuyRitchie, then you should have no problem enjoying this popcorn flick. All of Guy Ritchie’s stylistic gimmicks are in beast mode. Here's what King Arthur gets right:
The Soundtrack Is Amazing
If I had to pinpoint one thing that makes King Arthur such a fun movie, it'd be the perfect score.
Having worked with Guy Ritchie before on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., composer Daniel Pemberton has found great footing in the action genre. Working with the intensity of Ritchie's fast-paced action, Pemberton’s score elevates every scene. I can't help but get pumped with the whispering vocals of its main theme. Listen below.
One of the best tracks in the film is the heart-pounding chase music that rivals the "Mombasa" track from Hans Zimmer's Inception soundtrack. Even if you decide not to see the movie, the soundtrack is worth a listen.
Pemberton's score likely won't get the respect it deserves due to the accompanying film's lackluster box office performance. I really hope the composer will stick around for Guy Ritchie's next project, because he really understands the director’s style of fast-paced action.
The Pace And Visuals Are Super Exciting
The action and CGI in King Arthur are better than critics would have you believe — the editing is focused and often thrilling. The director is great at telling a story, creating funny and memorable moments by jumping through past, present and future. The cinematography is poetic and even the non-action sequences keep going with adrenaline. What more does a summer blockbuster need?
This is Guy Ritchie's directing style. It's what made Snatch so amazing. It’s what made Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock such a badass. King Arthur is no different. The montage showing young Arthur grow into Charlie Hunnam is a brilliant sequence that shows a lot of growth in under a couple minutes.
Will Audiences Eventually Discover It On DVD And Streaming?
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword may have failed commercially, which will break sequel plans — and that sucks. I deeply enjoyed the film, which was pure popcorn fun. Much as Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was one of 2015's most underrated movies, King Arthur is already one of 2017's most underrated.
For those who haven't seen it yet, which is most of you, I'd definitely recommend giving it a chance. At least listen to the soundtrack, because it's freakin' amazing!
Do you think King Arthur: Legend of the Sword deserves all of the hate it is getting? Let me know in the comments below.