Guy Ritchie always brings counter intuitive aesthetics to his films these days and perhaps not the ones purists would like to see. “Sherlock Holmes” was reimagined as a kinetic action film with a CSI-esque detective, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” was perhaps a little bit more on brand, though still slick and modern,  but you’d likely never really imagined a King Arthur movie that looks like it was directed by Zack Snyder, slow motion, speed-ramping and all. With some Led Zeppelin thrown in for good measure too (the trailer features, “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”). Its release date pushed several times, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” finally arrives in theaters this summer. It’s also another movie that could seal the deal with Charlie Hunnam as a bonafide action lead — he’s tried, but hasn’t quite gotten there yet. Here’s the synopsis:

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Fantasy Action Adventure. Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.

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Starring Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, with Jude Law and Eric Bana “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” lands in theaters May 12. Note Warner Bros. says “3D and 2D in select theaters,” so it may mean this movie isn’t getting a wide release which would be strange for a tentpole-like actioner that arrives near the beginning of the summer. And or they mean 3D is in select theaters. Anyhow, watch the trailer below and imagine a franchise that goes on for five or six films…

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  • David Hillier’s suitcase

    I’m curious, how is Guy Ritchie viewed in North America? He isn’t exactly revered in Britain, I’d go as far as to say he’s a figure of ridicule and to a degree still seen as the poster boy for the derided ‘lad culture’, and as such has a massive negative influence on how his movies are perceived. Is this the same over the pond?