July 7, 2004
King Arthur is supposedly a real person who existed in times of feudal Rome. The movie King Arthur is a fictional take on the real life of King Arthur. King Arthur is mainly known for being king because he pulled Excalibur, his sword, from a rock as a child, which showed his natural strength. That is not true. He did pull Excalibur from a rock, but he became king because of his war triumphs and great leadership of the Knights of the Round Table.
The opening scene portrays the childhoods of Lancelot and Arthur. Lancelot was abducted from his family and pressed into service as a knight, and Arthur was volunteered by his father to be a knight. This explains why all the knights want to be free so badly; all they wanted was to go back to their original families, especially Lancelot. They had finally been in service for 15 years, and they were about to be free, when the Pope sent them on their most dangerous journey ever to rescue a family abducted by the Saxons. The Saxons were “the face of evil” in this movie. They attacked everything that moved and left no prisoners.
King Arthur was influenced by the real life of Arthur, but it does not portray every aspect. This movie portrayed more of his war life than of his ruling life, which is what he is known for. Instead of only being associated with the Knights of the Round Table, he was one of them. This historical fiction film gave a much more in depth background on King Arthur’s past experiences, even though most of them are false.
This movie was very good at accomplishing the director’s goal. It was supposed to come off as an interesting point-of-view on King Arthur before he was king, and it did just that. Lancelot and the other knights were showed as partners to the legendary king. Arthur was also a great fleet captain, which is probably what led him to be king later on in his life. The Saxons, who killed absolutely everybody they came in...
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