Most cinephiles became aware of Guy Ritchie right at the start of his career with hie 1998 stylish debut Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. And though there has been some missteps along the way, Ritchie has continued to bring a strong and unique sense of visual flair to his films. And while his latest, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, certainly sounds like a far cry from the tales of scrappy criminals he is mostly known for, right from the start of the first trailer for the film released at San Diego Comic Con this afternoon, it appears as if the material is not so distant from what he has done before. We have men running through twisting streets. There’s what appears to be some slam cuts as people narrate their own story. There’s a visual representation of a request to back the story up a bit. There are “lads” taking “care of a bit of ‘business.'” And I would be that that jump off the cliff into the water is an homage to the film that got Ritchie interested in making movies as a boy, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.
To be honest, I was not that interested in the film until I saw the trailer. Now the film has shot up to the top of my Most Anticipated list for next year. If the trailer is any indication, it should b fun to deconstruct the film in relationship to the director’s other work.
King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword stars Charlie Hunnam, Aidan Gillen and Annabelle Wallis and hits theaters on March 24, 2017.