King Arthur was actually OK, just nothing spectacular. The story is not the traditional legend, but set during the Dark Ages as Rome is pulling it's troops out of Britain. I didn't have any problem with that, it's just that the film never seemed to pick up momentum and go anywhere.
Non-spoilery problems I had with the film:
- Gweneviere and the near imperceptible characater development. I can't even blame Keira Knightley for me not caring about her, even a great actress would have had nothing to work with.
- No chemistry between Keira and Clive Owen (Arthur). On the other hand Arthur and Lancelot (Ioan Gruffudd) have a *lot* of chemistry. Fifteen years fighting side by side, away from home for long periods of time..yeah, I'm sure nothing happened. ;)
- Stellan Skarsgard as the evil Saxon leader...borrrrr-innngg.
- The last thirty minutes dragged. I'm calling it 'The Battle That Wouldn't End'. You pretty much know how the film is going to end, so just end it already!
One big saving grace for me was Ioan Gruffudd. I've seen him on other productions, but this is the first time he really held my attention. He was terrific as Lancelot (and hot! ;) and I feel that this could be a break through role for him. It helps that, unlike other productions, Lancelot is a very flawed character, more selfish than I expected him to be. Then again, I like my heros flawed. ;)
Here endeth my save your eight bucks public service announcement. :)