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  Film: King Arthur
Updated 16 August 2004, 12.29
Clive Owen is King Arthur
Release date: 30 July (Cert 12A)

The stars: Clive Owen (Arthur - noble, lots of speeches) Keira Knightley (Guinevere -feisty and scheming) Ioan Grufford (Lancelot - one for the ladies) Ray Winstone (Bors - Roman football hooligan)

The plot: It's meant to be the truth behind the myth. Arthur is Lucius Artorius Castus, a half-British Roman general, struggling to keep order as Rome pulls out of Britain.

Arthur and his knights are sent to collect an important family from behind enemy lines and save them from the Woads, a native British tribe.

But on their way back, they run into top Woads Guinevere and Merlin, who persuade Arthur he should help defend Britain against the invading Saxons, who are not very nice at all.

Best bits: The battles are pretty good, but to be honest, we've seen it all before in better films.

Fave characters: Lancelot is the only character you can really relate to, and the only one you can believe in.

Any slip-ups?: Without the magic, King Arthur just became a lot of angry men fighting in the mud.

The plot wanders all over without getting anywhere, and I just didn't care what happened to any of the characters.

Plus, skinny little Keira Knightley fighting big beardy Saxons with axes? Whatever!

Hit or Miss: An epic Miss.

Nr rating:



What did you think of King Arthur?

I enjoyed the different take on the story of King Arthur. It made it seem more likely that the legend could actually be fact rather than a magical fairy-tale made up by people of that time to tell their children as a bedtime story! This seems to be one of the reasons it has been receiving bad reviews. Despite what has been said, the storyline was interesting as it was about the lives and emotions of the characters involved, especially the seven knights, rather than being about knights in shining armour and battles!!! There were a few things that didn't make sense but other than that I would give it 10 out of 10 no matter what!!!!! If you haven't seen it yet go now!!!!
Charlotte, 14, Bishop Auckland

Well actually I thought it was very good and I enjoyed it a lot. I did not find anything confusing or rubbish. I also think that it shouldn't be a epic miss!!!
Megan, 14, Newcastle

I thought the movie was quite good. Although I did get a bit confused on the storyline, and who was fighting who, sometimes; I still really enjoyed it!
Claire, 14, Portsmouth

I thought it was a really good film, although Keira Knightly was surprisingly poor in it! It was very unbelievable, but overall I would give it 6 out of 10. I was bored at the start, but did begin to enjoy it nearer the end.
Kirsty, 15, Edinburgh

One of the most boring movies I've ever watched! Me and my friends watched it for about an hour and then left the cinema. Rubbish.
Alan, 14, Liverpool

I thought King Arthur was an exciting movie. What other movie has a battle scene on ice. But Keira Knightley wasn't convincing in her role of Guinevere and she was just annoying in the battle scenes.
Mary, 15, Thorold

It was boring and the story wandered so much you forgot parts of the story...plus I don't really want to see a bunch of middle age fat man playing in mud, I can squirt my neighbour with the hose for a lot less.
Isabel, 13, Seattle

I really, really loved the movie and want to see it a million more times!! I thought that Keira firing her bow after having two dislocated fingers was messed up but other than that I loved it. I am also a big fan of medieval times and swords. So over all I liked it, ya'll should too.
Jessica, 15, Hillsboro

I thought it was rubbish it was a bit confusing in places and I didn't like the story
Siobhan, 12, Bourne

I didn't really enjoy it at all. I nearly fell asleep it was so boring! You couldn't really get into the film like other great films.
Mary-Kate, 12, Stirling


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