Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘And so how does Santa deliver those presents in one evening?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech procedure hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the center of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction as well as an not likely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.
Take all the preconceptions as well as the years of exact same rhetoric on the legend of Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and throw it away save a few easy concepts, as well as we have King Arthur.
A refreshing change on the same old stories surrounding the beloved characters of Camelot. If you’re looking for stories surrounding a mythical magic sword named Excalibur, an all effective magician named Merlin, or a love triangle between Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot….well then go rent yet another movie. This particular version is based on a group of Knights in the Roman Empire Era led by Artorious Castus (Arthur), and happens in the British Isles during the Saxon invasion.
In this version Arthur is a leader of different sorts, as well as his Knights are an eclectic band of fighters, each with their own motives as well as fighting designs. Referred to here as the Samatian Knights, they serve Rome, particularly the church. They are awaiting honorable discharge, but are handed you last mission before they can get it. Guinevere, a woad rebel (people who are fighting to free the land from the Roman rule) as well as advocate for the land, we really don’t meet until a good bit into the film. This time though she isn’t the normal damsel in distress, but a warrior of wide talents too, which is a good change. Her role, aside from “love interest” eventually for Arthur, is trying to get Arthur to care about the land as well as freeing it’s people from Roman rule, as well as the Saxon’s who are now trying to seize it.
The fight scenes between your various groups of individuals vying for control of Briton are good, visually stunning and intense. The acting is good, Clive Owen is a good as well as believable Arthur and would-be King. The Knights under his wing tend to be additionally great, each bringing their own personalities, but keeping a good sense of camaraderie. Sometimes the banter between them had me rolling on the floor. Keira Knightley as Guinevere was OK, there have been a few times where I wanted to smack her because she sounded as if she have been a broken record. However, if we can stand her in Pirates of the Carribbean, then she will not completely grind on you here either. I liked her ideal fighting…and NOT talking though.
A bit slow in some spots, but endearing characters, fresh take on the story, as well as very perfectly done fighting scenes earn it a 8/10 from me personally. Hope to add it to my collection of home DVD’s in the near future.
It is an excellent story about an historic contemporaneous-to-post Roman occupation of Britain as well as the beginnings of the Saxon invasions. Merlin as well as Lancelot as well as Guinevere as well as Gawain as well as Galahad are all there, but in more historic and believable roles. It is a different tale not before told and in a different time. The screenplay, acting, scenery, cinematography as well as casting tend to be all extremely well-done. The men especially are cast well, as well as Guinevere is perfectly beautiful. The music is haunting as well as beautiful and fit for the time as well as reminds me of The Last of the Mohicans. The fights and battle scenes are exciting as well as done well. Truly the only reasons I have read that a couple people didn’t such as this film are that they wanted more of the exact same old Arthur/Camelot tale, as well as a 14th century setting, that, when you think about it, is totally unbelievable. This, to me personally, was a lot more believable and realistic. Move over Mallory. I really loved this one.
The Directors Cut of this movie must be one of the best ever created. Most times you see a Directors Cut we might get an extra scene here bit of dialog’s there as well as you ask your self exactly what was the point of shelling out the extra cash to see basically the same movie, in the case of King Arthur, you have not seen anything until we see the Directors Cut. So much more action in the battle sequences, more Saxons, additionally the original ending, was a lot cooler than the light airy fairy ending it received. You got to see the fact of conflict. Seeing Arthur marry Guinevere just what was the point, we just about all understand they get married.
A roman King Arthur with knights that still have their ‘Morte d’Arthur’ names even though they come from Iran do some very little scale heroics in the center of the field someplace in england. The 3 people who saw what happened clearly carried the story to us a thousand many years later.
Small scale, low budget, badly acted, anachronistic and totally unconvincing in everything it tried to show.
Watch Arthur Christmas Online was woeful. He simply could not decide whether or not he was in ‘Excalibur’ or ‘Gladiator’ and so we had this strange roman general that kept coming out with hilarious monologues that bore no relation to the rest of the film’s script at all. The last speech on the hill had me in stitches.
Merlin was a couple sort of degenerate mystic who looked meaningfully into the sky and did not do a heck of a lot else. His band too vaguely resembled some kind of shambling Neanderthals instead of regular Saxon guerilla fighters.