Having recently seen Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, my expectations were a bit up here. He did a wonderful job with that movie, and it is my favorite of the new live action Disneys. By far.
My Guy Ritchie Meter:
Lock Stock is the top, and one of those movies that informed my overall film taste. Snatch was brilliant at the time, but has aged a bit. Rock and Rolla etc is eh. Then his Sherlock phase: fine. It was fine. My level was way down by the time I saw King Arthur, but I loved that one. It’s so perfectly stupid and amazing and I love it. I’ve seen it multiple times, it’s a feel good for me. Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in the era of Camelot with everyone speaking as if they are in 90s London. It should not work, and maybe it does for me because of my love of the cheesy. When Charlie goes to try to pull out Excalibur and David Beckham is randomly there, I lost it. It’s so funny and perfect. If you enjoy a fun trash movie, give it a try.
Back to the review. This was a big nope. I do not know how this has so many good reviews, but maybe they were dazzled by the visuals? It’s not allllll bad but the bad parts are just hard to get over.
How many times can one film maker do the line “That’s so gay”? Guy seems to be going for the record instead of leaving that one in the past where it belongs. Tied is the number of times he has the actors say cunt. It’s a lot. Did he get writers block and these two are his fill in the blanks? It feels that way. There’s also a guy has sex with a pig part of the movie and a possible cannibal scene. There’s a lot of “the ending of Kinsman where the princess offers up anal sex” kind of scenes basically. The kind of scene that ruins any fun you were having. They are also lazy and out of place.
The other problem is that Guy went with an American as his lead. Matthew McConaughey does not do anything wrong, it’s just that Guy’s strength is fast dialog. His writing for Matthew is slow, and it bogs down the pace that the rest of the characters set. It makes for a bit of a disjointed piece.
Verdict: If you took out the party ruining scenes and had the story center on Charlie Hunnam and Michelle Dockery, it would be so much more interesting. As it is, it’s difficult to appreciate the good here.