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It’s hard to know where to begin with regard to this bizarre King Arthur origin story, which is in effect Guy Ritchie’s attempt to meld his own Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels wideboy shtick with Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy. I’d love to take my hat off to the director, whose much-derided sword and sorcery epic eschews realism and any attempt at historic (or even mythological) credibilty for cockney bantaaaah and huge, grandly-staged battles, but unfortunately I’m not wearing one. I guess there’s an argument that the source material is ripe for Ritchiefication in much the same way Sherlock Holmes was, but for fuck’s sake Charlie Hunnam’s Arthur is wearing hair gel throughout this film – it’s just beyond ridiculous (though I have to concede it is a reasonable amount of fun as a result). Annoying that such a lot of money has been wasted, but at least it answers the decades-old “I wonder whether David Beckham can act?” non-question. (*)