The final trailer for Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, is here and ready to fill your eyes with fantasy goofiness.
King Arthur finds our titular character (Hunnam) before he's taken up the sword and crown, raised on the streets after his father Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana) is murdered by evil usurper Vortigern (Jude Law). So, naturally, when Arthur's birthright (the sword Excalibur) is uncovered, Vortigern is less than pleased. The great Djimon Hounsou also stars, playing exactly the kind of wise badass Hounsou is accustomed to playing. Check out the trailer:
What was originally billed as a far grittier take on the King Arthur legend appears to have veered straight into straight-up fantasy shenanigans, with giant elephants and eagles and magic spells, and Excalibur apparently giving Arthur superpowers. This writer really doesn't know what to make of this film so far, other than it seems a little all over the place, jumping back and forth from Game Of Thrones-esque gritty swords-and-intrigue to high fantasy spectacle like it's no big deal.
Guy Ritchie's love-'em-or-hate-'em hallmarks are still on display, however, despite the massive CGI-fest threatening to drown it all out. In particular, our glimpses of the close-quarter fight scenes look incredibly stylized, with speed-ramping and odd, unnatural camera moves everywhere. How it'll look in the final movie remains to be scene, but it's at least visually interesting, and gives this trailer a real shot of energy.
One last thing before I throw the date down here, though: this trailer gave me some rather unexpected flashbacks to the ill-fated Dungeons & Dragons movie from 2000, especially when we see Jude Law's Vortigern charging up some kind of D&D-as-hell fire spell, though whether that's entirely bad is up to you - despite everything else, Jeremy Irons definitely had some fun in that movie as the arch-villain, so hopefully we'll get the same kind of scenery-chewing greatness from Jude Law.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is out here in the UK a week after America, on the 19th of May.