How wonderful to know that I won't be writing about any more current film epics like Troy and this horrid piece of trash. At 16 minutes into the DVD, I had absolutely no idea what was going on. About 37 minutes in I stopped watching. Good thing I'm a Netflixer. Would anyone care to tell me if this was about King Arthur and the knights of the round table? Or something? Was there a story? Help, please.
I want to add to this rant for all you screenwriters out there, that what's wrong with King Arthur is what's wrong with what 99% of the scripts I, and everyone else in Hollywood, read. Number one is Structure. Three acts, etc. Syd Fields is the master of explaining this in his book Screenwriting.
Then there is the 10 page rule. Everyone should know that a page of script equals one minute of screen time, so this could be referred to as the 10 minute rule as well. If the viewer doesn't have the whole setup; if they don't know exactly what the movie is about; if the central characters haven't been established--all in the first 10 pages, go back and rewrite the script. And read Robert McKee's Story for good measure. Every development person in Hollywood has taken McKee's seminar. If you can afford it, you should take it too.
King Arthur's first 10 pages? Utter confusion. There's the bell. See you tomorrow.