Atlanta Movie Reviews: King Arthur, Snatched, The Wall

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the prime example of a classic gone bad.

wall-posterKING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

There was a time, not too long ago, when director Guy Ritchie was considered cutting edge. With classics like Snatch and modern favorites like Sherlock Holmes under his belt, it’s a shame that his frantic talents haven’t better suited the big screen.

With his newest project, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, we get an origin film that no one was asking for, plus a take on a classic tale that deserves much better treatment.

Current rising “it” man, Charlie Hunnam, stars as the titular King Arthur and the tale of Excalibur. There are pieces here that feel very close to being right, but, as critics note, it’s Ritchie’s style that gets in the way. The frantic editing and slick modern action sequences only serve to distract from the compelling story underneath. With a steadier hand, and an even steadier direction, the story of King Arthur could have been the perfect summer antidote to modern day superheroes that we all need.

SNATCHED

Not quite sparking much interest from critics either is the Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn comedy, Snatched, about a mother and daughter on the trip of a lifetime only to escape everything from kidnapping to the jungle to each other!

It’s a “classic” morality tale, hoping to sum up the perfect reason why we should all learn to swallow each other’s differences and just get along. But, as noted by most critics, the shallow and profane set-up is less than hilarious and more cringe-worthy than anything else.

Schumer’s schtick is all about being genuine and honest, even when it’s potentially embarrassing. Self-depricating humor takes a certain amount of “I don’t care” attitude to get away with, anyways. Unfortunately, though, here Schumer’s humor falls flat almost immediately. There’s a sense of trying too hard that is elevated from the beginning.

It’s good to see Hawn back on the big screen and, throughout the entire movie, you’ll be wishing you were watching one of the classics in which she starred in decades past. Hopefully, though, this will at least motivate her to do more!

THE WALL

Faring much better than its counterparts this weekend, The Wall stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena as two soldiers caught in the crossfires of a sniper in Iraq. Part thriller and part psychological drama, The Wall is an excellent entry into the genre of films that take place in a single setting (think Phone Booth or Buried).

Directed by Doug Liman, critics are praising the film’s smart editing and quick wit. It’s a brutal minimalist project masked as a wartime action flick. It’s even more incredible when you realize the production alone was so small.

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See It: The Wall

Skip It: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Scottie Knollin is a member of the Georgia Film Critics Association. Find more from Scottie at AllTheHitsSoFar.com or on Twitter at @ScottieKnollin!