#FilmReview King Arthur: Legend of the Sword #Myth #Legend

Film Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – 4*

King Arthur Legend of the Sword

As a huge fan of fantasy, myth, and legend it was inevitable that I’d be drawn to a film with sorcery, knights, and mythical swords.

Legend has it that King Arthur was the head of Camelot where he ruled with his Knights of the Round Table. Whether he truly existed is still open to discussion, but as I am a believer, I will sign myself up for any book, TV show or movie which feeds my fantasy.

Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur is pretty good. There is a man called Arthur, a brief mention of Merlin and Camelot plus a sparkly sword set in stone. That’s about as deep as the myth and legends go. However, if you do love fabulous special effects, plenty of sword swinging action, and Ritchie’s well known punchy humour then you’ll enjoy this movie.

It’s got Guy Ritchie written all over it, but I think he’s pretty cool, so it was a win-win for me. There’s a cameo appearance from the man himself as well as a well-known ex-footballer whose acting might be slightly questionable, but for eye-candy purposes, I’ll let it slide.

I’m a big fan of Jude Law, and he plays a marvellous part as Vortigern, the ruthless, power crazy King. He is joined by an impressive line-up of stars including Djimon Hounsou (Furious 7, Tarzan), Eric Bana (Star Trek, Deliver us from Evil), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, Maze Runner), and Annabelle Wallis (The Tudors, The Mummy). The mage sent by Merlin is played by actress, Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides).

As I’ve never (or haven’t got around to it yet) watched Sons of Anarchy, I’m relatively new to the charms of Charlie Hunnam, after watching him in action as Arthur I can say he’s won me over! He’s a perfect fit for Guy Ritchie’s unique way of filmmaking and delivers his one-liners with grace.

There’s that typical Ritchie laddish thread of camaraderie running throughout the film which is tied up nicely at the end. The cinematography is great with fast action interspersed with that thing filmmakers do when time slows down to create an impact (I’m pretty sure there’s a specific word for it, but I haven’t got a clue what it is – answers in the comments please).

We see Arthur mature from a child to a man through a series of fast snippets of film. At the same time, we watch the kingdom slip deeper into darkness as Vortigern’s power increases. In a way, it was a huge info dump in a short space of time, but it worked.

King Arthur has received a bad rap from certain film critics, but I liked it. If you crave lots of sword fights, special effects worthy of a Harry Potter film, and the occasional laugh, then I’d recommend King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Film Blurb:

After the murder of his father, young Arthur’s power-hungry uncle Vortigern seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright, he grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city, not knowing who he truly is. When fate leads him to pull the Excalibur sword from stone, Arthur embraces his true destiny to become a legendary fighter and leader.

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#BookReview Hogwarts: A Cinematic Yearbook #Activity #HarryPotter #SundayBlogShare

Hogwarts: A Cinematic Yearbook: Imagine, Draw, Create

Scholastic Children’s Books

Category: Novelty/Activity Books

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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My Review:

Oh my! As an avid Harry Potter fan I couldn’t resist treating myself to this activity book (yes, I bought it for me, not my kids!). It’s a luscious hardback; very reminiscent of the annuals I used to get for Christmas when I was young. Continue reading “#BookReview Hogwarts: A Cinematic Yearbook #Activity #HarryPotter #SundayBlogShare”

#MondayMuse Influenced by the Magic of J.K.Rowling #MondayBlogs

Inspirational people surround us at every turn.  To celebrate some of the incredible women who continue to motivate me on my writing journey I look at the women/characters who are my artistic inspiration.

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Last time I honoured the fictional character of Alice from Alice in Wonderland. You can read that post HERE.  Today, I’m devoting the Monday Muse to a lady who celebrated her birthday recently, and who needs no introduction.

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On 31st July I watched my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feed fill up with images and quotes dedicated to Joanne Kathleen Rowling in celebration of her birthday. The world wanted to share their love for this incredible author who has had such a huge impact on the lives of young and old alike. Continue reading “#MondayMuse Influenced by the Magic of J.K.Rowling #MondayBlogs”

Author Interview – Meet @LisaShambrook #TuesdayBookBlog #YA

I’m delighted to be joined by my second guest of the day, fellow YA author, Lisa Shambrook, as we chat about chocolate, killing off characters, and her latest release.  Over to Lisa:

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

I live in the gorgeousness that is West Wales. I have the ocean in one direction, mountains in the other, and a landscape of lakes, forests and hills – beautiful!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

From a young age I wanted to be a writer and illustrator, the writing took over, though I still have to feed my creative urges with sketching, painting and making things.

List three words to describe yourself.

Dreamer, empath, introvert.

Who would play you in a film about your life? Continue reading “Author Interview – Meet @LisaShambrook #TuesdayBookBlog #YA”

The Good, The Bad & The Cover Reveal #TuesdayBookBlog #YA

Over the past week, I have read some amazing blog posts by my favourite bloggers highlighting the best bits of 2015.  From favourite books to fulfilling projects, these articles were fun and inspiring.

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For me, 2015 sucked!! Then I did my annual ‘closing down ceremony’ where I write down all the good points (family day trip to Harry Potter being top) and the lessons I learned from the bad points.  Unfortunately, the bad outweighed the good, or so I thought.  When I began writing my LONG list of hospital visits, MRI scans and horrific tales of a lumbar puncture, I felt a huge weight lift – it was done, gone, over with.  In the flurry of blood tests, depression, and an unexplained illness, I had been forced to close my holistic business after seven years of hard work (a bad bit), but this allowed me time to self-heal and the freedom and space to write (a good bit).  I cried nearly every day last year (a bad bit), but I would pee less (a good bit!) 😉

Writing it all down was an enormous help, and I could shift my perspective to a more positive one.  Suddenly having spare time meant I was free to read more, and this was rewarded by joining Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.  When I hit my metaphorical brick wall, I would shut myself away with a notebook and lose myself in fantasy fiction; this enabled me to complete the third book in my young adult fantasy series. Continue reading “The Good, The Bad & The Cover Reveal #TuesdayBookBlog #YA”

Reader’s Spot – Meet Kristy, a fan of #Crime #Thriller and #HarryPotter

Here on the ‘Reader’s Spot’ I share the bookish love of our readers, from young adult to romance, chick-lit to murder mystery.  Whether you are a reader looking for new books, or a writer wondering what your readers want, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader’s Spot is Kristy, a fan of Crime, Thriller and Harry Potter.

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1. What genre do you enjoy reading?

I used only to read crime/thriller novels; but I like to branch out into anything now. I joined a book club called ’Poppy Loves Book Club’ and I run that through a social network here in London every month. I joined this to make me read novels I normally wouldn’t pick up and it has done just that and as a bonus I get to meet new people and have a girly chat about a book with a glass of wine. I haven’t always enjoyed the books but I have enjoyed being pushed out of my comfort zone as they have been very varied and stirred up some good discussions. I also LOVE my Harry Potter books, if I have nothing to read I pick them up again, I must have read them a million times but never fail to enjoy them. Continue reading “Reader’s Spot – Meet Kristy, a fan of #Crime #Thriller and #HarryPotter”

For a magical day out head to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Tour #MondayBlogs

It can be quite hard to find the right destination for a family fun day when you have three teenagers. Gone are the days of the wacky warehouse (thank goodness!), and the £1 showing at the cinema – they only show U films now.

So how did I entice my children to join me on a day out and leave the Xbox controllers and Vloggers behind? Magic! No, seriously, magic was the ingredient that helped raise seventeen and fourteen year old boys from their beds and a thirteen year old girl to abandon her busy social life in exchange for a day with mum. Tough crowd!

My kids know how obsessed I am with all things fantasy, mythological and sci-fi. They are fully aware that if I could, I would move to Rivendell or the Shire. My ‘bff’ (teen speak for best friend forever) would be a dragon, and my ‘other’ job would be a vampire slayer. Every minute of their lives they have been exposed to the supernatural and yet they appear to be fairly unscathed. In fact, my eldest is far more mature than I am!

I was therefore slightly nervous when I told them I was taking them to Hogwarts. I was expecting furious eye rolls or frustrated complaints about missing some download on CoD (Call of Duty), but instead, I was greeted with smiles and excited chatter. Score!

So, clutching my days itinerary (yes, I’m that sad) we set off to catch the train to the Warner Bros Harry Potter Tour on the outskirts of London. The excitement began as we stood in the long line outside Watford Junction awaiting the shuttle bus to take us on the final leg of the journey. In the back of my mind I was secretly hoping it would look like this:

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