'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' lands with a thud

The film stars Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey as Guinevere, Djimon Hounsou as Sir Bedivere, Aidan Gillen as Goosefat Bill Wilson, Jude Law as Vortigern and Eric Bana as Uther Pendragon. Once Arthur pulls the Excalibur from the stone, he's confronted by both his Uncle and his past.

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword is released in United Kingdom cinemas May 19, previews May 17 & 18.

It's even harder to understand why anyone making budgetary decisions thought pouring money into giving the King Arthur mythology Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" treatment mixed with fantasy movie pablum would be a good idea.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword hits theaters this Friday, May 12.

Despite some striking visuals (including sweeping use of Welsh and Scottish locations) and the occasional evocation of "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves", this newfangled "Arthur" comes up short on grandeur or even old-fashioned matinee adventure, trading them in for cosmetic "Game of Thrones" grot.

The British actor, 37, has previously shown off his body on-screen and is shirtless in the trailer for Guy Ritchie's new movie, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword.

Cabinet secretary for the economy and infrastructure, Ken Skates, said: "I'm delighted that BAFTA Cymru and Pontio have secured this special preview screening in the area where the film was shot - which is a showcase to Wales' epic scenery and to our potential as a film location". "But then hopefully what we tried to do was imbue a certain level of heart and substance to it too, so it's not just hollow calories, there's something very deep and relatable in a story of a man trying to become the best version of himself which is something we can all relate to".

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