Friday, April 30, 2010
EXCALIBUR (1981) - John Boorman
Though there is much water and many lakes in this movie, the more heroic elements in this rendering of the King Arthur legend left me a little dry. Nigel Terry as King Arthur is a royal drip. Cherie Lunghi as Guenevere is just this side of plain. And Nicholas Clay as Lancelot is a slab of beef in tin can armor. Even Excalibur, the star of the show, is constantly lit with the most unflattering of green gels.
Thank god for the magicians though! For my money, Excalibur is purely "The Merlin and Morgana Show," Nicol Williamson and a young, saucy Helen Mirren heartily chewing up the medieval scenery with abandon as dueling sorcerers.
Even Mordred, King Arthur's spoiled half-wizard offspring, is treated to some very cool Evil Gold Buddha armor.
Boorman's Excalibur may be a little long at nearly 2 1/2 hours but still the definitive King Arthur movie. That doesn't mean I wouldn't opt for Monty Python and the Holy Grail in a pinch.