Woe is me. This past week was potentially my worst ever for film watching. 2 films is the lowest number of films I’ve watched in a week since Navy boot camp. No excuses either. It was a substandard week, and I’m looking to turn the page. I vow to make amends in the upcoming weeks.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword  28% on Rotten Tomatoes                       4 (Redbox)

Starring Charlie Hunman, Jude Law, Djimon Honsou, Annabelle Wallis, Aiden Gillen, Eric Bana

Plot Summary-Vortigern (Law) usurps his brother, Uther, for the throne of Camelot, bu Uther’s young son, Arthur, escapes, destined to one day return and claim his birthright. As an adult, Arthur joins the resistance after pulling the powerful sword, Excalibur, from the stone.

My Take-Dingey rehash of the oft told tale, I was bored from the jump. It’s not that Guy Ritchie’s film is unoriginal. Though I’ve seen many of his tricks before in better movies (funky soundtrack, disorienting editing, slow-mo), I will say that I’ve never seen a King Arthur story told like this before. It fails, however, to create any compelling characters. I’ve yet to see Charlie Hunman emote on screen, and continue to be skeptical of his leading man ability. The side characters are forgettable. Jude Law’s villain is the most interesting character in the film, and even he feels like a miscalculation (too much emotion with no obvious motivation except I guess he’s power hungry). The action and moments of spectacle also fail to connect. Overall, a harmless but definite misfire from a director I like.

-Directed by Guy Ritchie, 2017

The Parent Trap  86% on Rotten Tomatoes                 8 (VHS)

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Starring Lindsey Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Lisa Ann Walter

Plot Summary-Annie from London and Hallie from California meet at a summer camp in Maine, and realize that they are identical twins. One is raised by their dad and the other by their mom. Having never met half of their parentage, the two decide to switch places with the ultimate idea of getting their parents back together. Unfortunately, a beautiful gold digger has her hooks in their dad.

My Take-Lohan pulls the trick off nicely, creating distinct personalities for both characters, and Quaid and Richardson do a nice job as the parents, making us care about them ending up together right along with their screen daughters. Writer/Director Meyers has a deft touch with light comedies. Fantastic family romantic comedy.

-Directed by Nancy Meyers, 1998

-Walter Howard-




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