Excalibur (Boorman, 1981)

Excalibur (John Boorman, 1981)

I’m not exactly sure what to make of this film. I’m almost certain it is purposefully over-the-top and cheesy, as I’ve seen other Boorman films and this isn’t similar at all. But even so, I didn’t really like the hamminess. Additionally, Boorman tries to shove nearly the entire King Arthur legend into a 2 hour, 20 minute film, causing most of it to feel extremely rushed. We fly from event to event and rarely is anything given the attention needed. Where the film does succeed a bit is the way it is unafraid of what it is trying to do. It is bold and confident in doing what it does, and that makes for some interesting and eerily poetic scenes. Unfortunately, these scenes are sprinkled in and don’t dominate the way they should.  5.5/10


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