Thursday, December 8, 2011

Excalibur (1981)

Synopsis: How Arthur got his groove back...

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table receives its most impressive screen treatment in Excalibur, from visionary moviemaker John Boorman (Deliverance, The Emerald Forest).

What Did I Learn?: King Arthur and the land are one, so...England bit the dust when Mordred shoved a spear into his guts?

Really?: 1) I can only imagine that a suit of plate-mail armour would be heavy, cumbersome and uncomfortable to wear, yet the knights spend nearly the entire movie decked out in the stuff. Heck, Arthur’s dad, Uther, even bangs a chick when he’s fully plated up. 2) Didn’t Britain have archery in Arthurian times? 3) Did Arthur encounter a boa constrictor in Merlin’s camp?

Rating: While it’s cheesy in places, and a long way from being even remotely historically accurate, Excalibur is timeless fun. Nicol Williamson is outstanding as Merlin, and you can’t help yourself from smiling as the knights ride into battle with Carl Orff’s O Fortuna (from Carmina Burana) in the background. 8/10 stars.

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