Opening on a marching band of tall mammoths fortified with pyramids housing wizards casting spells– this isn’t the King Arthur you’re accustomed too. Guy Ritchie’s Arthur is more fantasy than you’re probably expecting and this tale will move fast, very fast, in Ritchie’s signature style.
The first ten to fifteen minutes is a prologue of how Arthur ends up an orphan in the streets of Londinium. HIs father, the king (Eric Bana) is betrayed by his own men under the leadership of his own brother, Vortigern. Many years later Arthur is doing well enough for himself as the leader of an underground crime-ring, but when everyone starts getting rounded up to try their turn at pulling a certain sword from a stone, Arthur’s secret lineage is about to be discovered.
What makes this take on King Arthur so different is the choice not to lean too heavily on grounded medieval era fantasy, instead Ritchie chooses to embrace a more Tolkien inspired fantasy world. Its characters are bigger, it’s full of creatures big and small and the universe in a whole, even by the end of the film, feels like it has much more left to be explored.