I think the reason viewers stayed away in droves from King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is because Writer/Producer/Director Guy Ritchie so twisted the Arthurian legend that it turned off the core audience from championing it.
It would have been better to rename the main characters so the audience would get to feel part of a new story instead of bastardizing the old one.
If you don’t know or care about the true legend, then this is an exciting, if not overdone, movie…overdone because it has so much CGI, you feel like giving it a valium to calm it down and play out in a way that befits the time-period.
The film’s saving grace is Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, who plays The Mage, or magician, driving on the unenthusiastic Arthur (Charlie Hunnam). It’s because Arthur is unenthusiastic that the audience asks, “Then, why should we care?” My answer is that Astrid is worth watching.
The real story is yet to be made. This one gets only a 3 out of 5.