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King Arthur: Legend of The Sword - A flop that's not fit for a king

 

By Damon Smith

Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana), king of the Britons, is betrayed by his power-hungry brother Vortigern (Jude Law), who forges a deadly pact with dark sorcerer Mordred (Rob Knighton). The king is slain, after sending son Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) down river to Londinium to be raised in a brothel.

Arthur blossoms into a hunk, who is blissfully unaware of his destiny. The heir apparent pulls Excalibur from a stone and is sentenced to death by Vortigern.

But mysterious enchantress The Mage (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) joins forces with Uther's exiled general Sir Bedivere and expert archer Goosefat Bill to save Arthur from the chopping block.

This is swashbuckling tosh, hamstrung by lifeless performances, clunky dialogue and inert screen chemistry between Hunnam and Berges-Frisbey.

Two stars

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