So last night I snagged a rental of the new King Arthur flick from Redbox after wanting to kind of watch something light. I recalled that the critical reception of this thing was pretty poor, and Reddit was frequently shitting on it for one reason or another. However, I didn’t have a tangible rationale for why some considered it “shit” and thus it was really easy to go in without much expectation or bias.
As such, this movie was pretty fucking dope. I like Guy Ritchie’s style quite a bit and think that his use of slow motion is visually impressive, his editing style is always fun and entertaining, and he’s got a knack for dialogue that makes characters feel like they’re actually engaged in a discourse instead of reading written lines. Combine the 3 together and he his often experimental style results in interesting scenes that hit more often than not.
The cinematography and editing here is phenomenal, and the composition of the visuals is always beautiful to look at. Richie manages to take a rather low-color movie and make it pop in certain places. The fashion and costume design in this is also amazing, and unlike any other medieval-style flick I’ve seen.
The most praise-worthy component has to be the fight choreography and combat scenes in this. They are insanely well done and have, for the first time, satiated a style of fighting that I’ve not often seen in pictures. I remember reading some interview about Beowulf back when that 3D version came out, and the director was saying something along the lines of “with digital camera-work, the director can make any vision actually come to life”.
A while ago I was yearning for fight scenes that looked like this cinematic cut from the Witcher 3.