A title card says this King Arthur, grimly directed by Antoine Fuqua, is based on the latest research into the mythic past. Maybe so. But one can't help thinking the research that really counted was that into the more recent box-office charts.
I purchase DVDs to entertain my 85 year old mother. She was able to keep up with the movie and she enjoyed the story line. For a minute I thought it would have a sad ending but it turned and had a happy ending. I waited for the DVD after seeing the advertisements and thoroughly enjoyed the watching. I will probably watch it again in a few weeks.
I was expecting better because several people told me it was 'great'. It's okay. To me, it's just another martial arts\/boxing\/fighting movie. You find yourself having to root for one brother against the other. I found Nick Nolte as their father to be a miscast.
This movie started out slow,but ended up being a very good flick. Had to add it to my collection. As Joel Edgerton has become one of my favorite actors. Nick Nolte proves to be an exceptional addition to an up and coming cast of actors.
What's striking is the absence of triumphalism -- Bigelow doesn't shy away from showing the victims shot down in cold blood in the compound -- and we come away with the overwhelming sense that this has been a grim, dark episode in our history.
I disagree with the other review about moving slowly at times. This is history being told and it took ten years to find him. The hunt did slow to a crawl at times to rush it would be misleading. A dark tale for sure but one that had to be told. A must own for future generations.