Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law face off as hero vs. villain in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Two incredibly handsome men in a fierce medieval mortal combat can make for an amazing film, especially when they are also great actors like Hunnam and Law.
Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law are not only eye candy, with Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law appearing shirtless, Jude Law and Charlie Hunnam should be a major box office draw for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Both Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law are well-known actors working frequently in the higher levels of the film industry.
Still, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is getting mixed reviews, though neither Charlie Hunnam nor Jude Law seems to be the issue in any of the critiques. Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law seem to be above reproach in their performances.
Charlie Hunnam is best known best for his iconic role as Jackson “Jax” Teller in Sons of Anarchy. Charlie Hunnam’s Jax Teller role thrust the young actor into heartthrob status but also attracted male fans who found the character relatable. Charlie Hunnam’s fan base perhaps as much as any other factor could fuel King Aurther: Legend of the Sword’s box office appeal.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword certainly does not suffer for the lack of acting talent or big name stars. Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law are joined by Astrid Berges Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, and Eric Bana.
Jude Law, who is currently filming Legendary Beasts and Where to Find Them alongside Johnny Depp, is definitely an A-list celebrity in his own right. Jude Law provides a strong adversary for Charlie Hunnam in the film. Jude Law’s popularity as an actor seems to be growing exponentially.
Is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword a good movie? That might be a major point of debate, mostly because of Director Guy Richie, who chose a completely different way to present a very old story. Director Guy Ritchie, a successful crime drama director, seems like an odd fit for what is traditionally at least an ancient tale of valor.
Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, without question, gave great performances in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The two hunks fought with swords in their manly performance. Charlie Hunnam’s perfect biceps and the sword work are amazing, but their acting skills are also apparent.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is “violent” and “unsentimental,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword — a thunderous, bloody and bludgeoning spectacle — could well be the Arthur today’s world audience wants. Loud, bombastic and thuddingly obvious, this is a vulgar movie for vulgar times. Such synchronicity alone makes it worthy of cultural consideration of a certain kind.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, though populated with great stars like Jude Law and Charlie Hunnam, suffered from choosing the wrong director for the job, according to Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone, who contributed a review to Rotten Tomatoes.
“Director Guy Ritchie can turn London crime dramas into cinematic lightning, but apply his fast cuts and jagged pacing to the Arthurian legend and you get, well, a brutal, bleedin’ mess.”
Again, Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law’s great performances are impressive, but the way Director Guy Ritchie handles the material is a bit shocking. It’s apparently not for everyone. Rotten Tomatoes audience evaluations were 73 percent favorable, while only 28 percent of the professional critics liked King Arthur: Legend of The Sword.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword does have fans though, even among Rotten Tomatoes critics. Katy Walman with the Slate, another of Rotten Tomatoes top critics, enjoyed the film.
“Ritchie has gleefully set his timeworn characters in an environment where narrative logic has no purchase. One name for this environment is a subconscious dreamscape. Another is a mosh pit.”
Is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword a great movie. Well, it has the great actors Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law. It has a lot of action and it’s very exciting on many levels, but it’s not at all a traditional view of the Arthur legend.
Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law give powerful performances, and no one is denying that. What is in question is the way the original King Arthur material and the film itself is handled.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is not a sentimental drama. There is no magical Merlin, either. There is no romance. This is an action film, shot like a brutal modern day crime film, or a hack and slash horror film. As the Hollywood Reporter explains, this Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law film isn’t like all the King Arthur films that came before it.
“There is not even an ounce of sentiment here, no romance, no Guinevere or Lancelot, nary a thought of ‘happy-ever-after’ or the magical/mystical days of the pre-historic Britain of legend. Like it or not, there’s a view here of olden times that, in placing pre-eminent importance on ruthless brutality and eliminating the more tender emotions altogether, could arguably be called just as valid as the noble sentiments of high-minded knights, such as have been sold to millions of youngsters over the decades and centuries. This is a Britain born of mud and blood, not of gallantry and lofty ideals.”
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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword with Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law is a violent, modern take on classic literature.
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