King Arthur: Legend of the Sword premieres in theaters this weekend and already the expensive film ($175 million) looks ready to flop, and frankly I’m not surprised. For me, King Arthur is one of those stories that you have to get EXACTLY right or it will not work. Experimenting too much with the story is what contributed to the downfall of the 2004 King Arthur film, and it looks like the same thing is happening all over again. Well, I don’t think the casting helped either. No disrespect to Charlie Hunnam, but when I look at him, I don’t see King Arthur.
I think the proposed scope of the ‘King Arthur’ franchise is helping to make this a flop as well. In case you didn’t know, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is supposed to be the first of SIX films in a series. Now, it’s one thing to announce ONE sequel before a film comes out, but to flat out say you’re making FIVE sequels even before the first one comes out? Not only is that overly ambitious, but it also means that the first film is going to be much too big in scope, because you’re setting up an entire universe that is going to be expanded on in FIVE new stories.
This is one of the 2017 films that I was certain would flop at the box office, but for the sake of the studio, I hope the film can make at least some of its money back (but I doubt it).
If you do end up going to see this film, please let me know what you think about it. Is it as bad as the first reviews are saying? Or are the critics way off base? In either event, let me know, I’d love to hear about it.
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