#12 Excalibur (1981)

#12 Excalibur (1981)Based on Le Morte d'Arthur, this medieval epic is breathtaking in both scale and humanity. Oh and by the way, Helen Mirren is the sexiest thing alive as the scheming sorceress Morgana. Nigel Terry plays the legendary boy turned king, and wielder of Excalibur, Arthur Pendragon. Getting to see his life as a young squire till his tragic end as withered king is absolutely riveting. I have to say though that the part of this movie that I really hold deep in my heart is the performance by Nicol Williamson as Merlin. One of his lines in the movie, when explaining to a young and naive Arthur the difficulties of kingship, "It's easy to love folly in a child." And I'll be damned if he wasn't on to something with that whole wizardly wisdom thing. The tale of Excalibur has never looked so good. The boy becoming a king. The courtship of Guinevere. The treachery of Morgana. Lancelot's Bridge Toll. There are so many moments that could be movies onto themselves, but are all woven together beautifully. Seeing Percival seemingly throw his life away on a pointless quest of finding the Holy Grail is heart wrenching, especially when he comes upon the fallen Lancelot. The battle scenes are awesome too, seeing all those fully armored soldiers hulking around the battlefield mashing on each other with flails and broadswords is marvelous. Pulling the sword from the stone, is Excalibur at number twelve.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Helen Mirren is the sexiest thing alive as the scheming sorceress Morgana"

Fuck yeah.