So this starts my ‘Endless List of Movies I Love’, which will mostly include pictures, GIFs, quotes, and fun facts about movies I love. I’ll also include a quick paragraph about why I love it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on each film, your favourite parts, why you love it (or don’t), and what movies you recommend.
Oh, and obviously, there be spoilers ahead!
King Arthur (2004).The film is a take on the tale of King Arthur and his knights. It is set in 467 AD, the end of Rome’s occupation of Britain. It stars Clive Owen as Arthur, Keira Knightley as Guinevere, Stephen Dillane as Merlin, Stellan Skarsgård as Cerdic the Saxon King, and Ioan Gruffudd, Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Joel Edgerton, Ray Winstone, and Ray Stevenson as the Knights of the Round Table.
The story follows Arthur (Owen), a Roman officer, and the unit of Sarmatian cavalry, or knights, whom he commands. They fight against the ‘Woads’, or native Britons rebelling against Roman rule, led by Merlin. Then later they join forces against the invading Saxons.
There are a number of reasons why I love this movie; though I will admit it’s not a blockbuster or anything. The aforementioned actors are incredible in their roles, effectively capturing the hardships of living a warriors life.
The costumes are gorgeous and detailed, and not at all over the top. You often get period movies where the costumes look like just that, costumes. They don’t look like clothes people actually wear, or would have worn at the time.
I am a big fan of period movies, and particularly ones which involve battles or wars. I love the characters, and the fact that they are all individuals with different personalities and specialities when it comes to weaponry and fighting.
The knights aren’t flat background characters, instead playing a very central role to Arthur’s story. They also get some snappy dialogue which is great, and brings me to some of my favourite quotes from the movie!
Horton about the Woads: God help us. What are they?
Bors: Blue demons that eat Christians alive. You’re not a Christian, are you?
Bors about naming his children: Just Gilly. It’s too much trouble so we gave then rest of them numbers.
Lancelot: That’s interesting. I thought you couldn’t count.
Bors about his children: I like the little bastards. They mean something to me. Especially Number Three!
Lancelot: That’s because he’s mine.
Gawain: Is this your happy face? Galahad, do you still not know the Romans? They can’t scratch their asses without holding a ceremony.
Villager: Are you from Rome?
Bors: From Hell.
Cerdic: You come to bed a truce, you should be on your knees.
Arthur: I came to see your face so that I alone may find you on the battlefield. And it will be good of you to mark my face, Saxon, for the next time you see it, it will be the last thing you see on this earth.
Cerdic: Finally, a man worth killing.
Lancelot: [Last words, voiceover] As for the knights who gave their lives, their deaths were cause for neither mourning nor sadness. For they will live forever, their names and deeds handed down from father to son, mother to daughter, in the legends of King Arthur and his knights.
So let me know what you think of this post, and the ‘Endless List’ idea. I would love some feedback!