The plot’s a little thin for a film that’s so long. And it lacks the full neon noir of it’s main influence. Certainly worth watching if you have the time.
The film’s a bit of a mess. I get that Mr. Ritchie has tried to bring something of his smart arse mockney gangsterness to the legend of Arthur. But his gangster films only work because his characters are so exaggerated. And he’s only able to turn the dials up on everything because it’s still grounded in something real. This just ends up feeling disjointed. Like two trains running on separate tracks. He hops repeatedly from one train to the other but services neither. This kind of genre blending can work. Brick does film noir in a high school. And Name of the Rose does a detective story in a medieval monastery. There’s a way to do the Arthurian legend as a gangster film. Something that’s better than just grafting on a few scenes of mockney talking, onto a poor version of Lord of the Rings.
The film has a charm about it that comes from the originals.
This film is definitely worth a watch. Reversal after reversal until we’re spinning like a ballerina on point. Best thing of all, it leaves you wondering, letting you ponder more questions than there are answers.
This movie has its moments, but they’re so coated in cheese, you might mistake them for fondue. It’s trying so hard to be the Goonies, or ET, or Gremlins, it forgets to be itself.