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It would seem that whoever wrote the screenplay to King Arthur has some issues with the Church or the Christian religion, even. There is no record that I'm aware of of any pagans ever being tortured and walled up by fanatical priests anywhere within the Roman Empire -- but poetic licence and all that... Still, in a film that starts off with a message that it's based on new archaeological evidence having recently come to light, it is a glaring inconsistency to paint the Pope as the de facto commander-in-chief of the Roman auxiliary army. Up until the very last minute of the Empire, Rome's armies received their orders from the Senate and people of Rome. Granted, that Senate and people of Rome had been reduced to a gaggle of yesmen by the time Romulus Augustulus was invested with the purple, and the Emperor himself did not have any power seeing as he was only a child, but the Bishop of Rome certainly never had any say over the deployment of troops in any part of the crumbling Empire.

Keira Knightley's hand healed right quickly, too...

Still, that Clive Owen...he's a bit of alright.

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bogwitch
Feb. 4th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
That film was atrocious. I couldn't finish it. I was so disappointed.
gamiila
Feb. 4th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
I was so disappointed.

Yeah -- in a way, I was too. I'll admit to a fondness for Arthurian tales having guided my purchase, but I also reemmbered Miss Knightley's soundbytes about how this film let her portray Guinevere as something more than the swooning romantic heroine of earlier movies, but guess what? She's the same ineffectual swooning heroine, only with blue paint in this.

The fight scenes are good though, even if a tad unrealistic...I mean, six Sarmatian horsemen against an entire nation of Saxons?
bogwitch
Feb. 4th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
I'm really beginning to dislike Keira Knightley, and I can't pin down why.
gamiila
Feb. 5th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
This is only the third film I've seen her in, but I really only liked her (part) in Pirates of the Caribbean. In Bend Like Beckham I liked the Asian girl, and Juliet Stevenson who played her mother, better.