Action / Adventure / Drama / Fantasy / Romance

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Liam Neeson as Gawain
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Helen Mirren as Morgana
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Patrick Stewart as Leondegrance
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933.40 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 20 min
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2.06 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 20 min
P/S 3 / 30

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by davidmvining7 / 10

John Boorman is a crazy person.

This is a film that needs to be watched differently from most films. It operates very differently from the more realistic bent that the vast majority of films lend themselves towards and leans very heavily into a much more formalistic approach. It's an effort to bring Romantic painting to life with an operatic feel, and if you can't get into that different style of reality, then the movie's going to just be funny. Buy into the hyper-reality, though, and you have an entertaining 140 minutes ahead of you.

Everything about this film is big. Costumes entail men walking everywhere in full plate armor. Sets are huge and completely impractical. Performances reach for the rafters. The world is filled with magic and the implication of a huge dragon. It's very much of its own style, and the fact that Zach Snyder considers Excalibur his favorite movie makes just so much sense.

It's the traditional Arthurian legend filtered through the crazy mind of John Boorman. It goes beyond the formalistic stylistic approach to the story, but the inclusion of every weird factor of the original myths plays into Boorman's wheelhouse. Merlin using the magic of the dragon to disguise Uther to trick Igraine is a prime example. But Boorman also includes some extra-mythical elements like having Morgana be Mordred's mother and Arthur his father, creating an incestuous relationship that was never there before. It's rather fertile feeding ground for Boorman's insanity, and I'm really glad he used it.

It blows through the Arthurian legend, mostly propelled by Nicol Williamson's awesomely weird performance as Merlin, watching Uther father Arthur, Arthur claim the sword in the stone and rise to become king, the peace that follows, and the dissolution of that peace precipitated by the affair between Guinevere and Lancelot. Alongside is the rise of Morgana, her tutelage under Merlin, and her raising of Mordred. All of this is big and entertaining (if weird and uncomfortable at certain moments),but it's the late introduction of the Grail Quest that kind of derails the latter half of the film for me.

The Grail isn't mentioned until about 90 minutes into the film, and it's just very suddenly dropped in as a very important thing that needs to be found right then. Arthur is sick, the country is sick, and they need something to revive the nation and its king. Suddenly, "Hey, Percival, go find the Holy Grail."

The Grail Quest feels really tacked on. There are some striking visuals like the actual vision of the Grail that Percival has and the image of Percival hanging from the tree because of where the Quest took him, but it's a sudden late introduction that actually doesn't come to fruition. Maybe if the Grail had been introduced earlier in the film it would have worked better, but as it is, it feels like the Grail is in the film because it's a common part of the Arthurian legend and not because there was a compelling reason to include it in this telling.

Overall, though, the film is really quite an experience. Divorced from reality and existing in its own fantasy realm, it creates its own rules of behavior and sticks to them. It's really pretty from beginning to end, well using the Irish countryside (around John Boorman's house) with mise-en-scene that really evokes Romantic paintings. The performances, especially Nicol Williamson's as Merlin, fit well with the material, and it's an entertaining look into another reality that follows different rules from our own.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho9 / 10

The Best Version of the Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table ever Made

"Excalibur" is the best version of the Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table ever made by the cinema industry. John Boorman´s version has inconsistencies with the legend but it is a perfect blend of fantasy, drama and adventure. Visually stunning, it is worthwhile watching this film in Blu-Ray. The magnificent soundtrack is supported by music of Wagner and Carl Orff. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Excalibur"

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird8 / 10

Lavishly produced and passionate telling of the Arthurian legend

I don't think Excalibur is a perfect movie, the pacing is rather dizzying not always the characters to fully develop as they could have done and the rape scene was horrible to watch and out of place. Flaws aside, it is lavishly produced, passionate and thoroughly convincing and is one of the better tellings of the Arthurian legend. Out of all the scenes in the film, Arthur and Guinivere's wedding was my favourite, it was beautifully done. As I have said, the film looks lavish, with sumptuous costumes and sets and mystical cinematography, and the score and battle scenes are excellent. The story is ambitious yet compelling, the direction is gritty mixing fable and magic with reality and the writing is intelligent. I also loved the themes presented in Excalibur, good vs. evil, paganism vs. Christianity and mighty Merlin vs. malevolent Morgana. And of course the acting is very good, Nigel Terry as King Arthur, Helen Mirren as Morgana and Nicol Williamson as Merlin particularly impress. All the characters are flawed and sympathetic, yet very intriguing as well. I loved Cherie Lunghi's Guinevere as well, she was beautiful. Overall, a solid telling of the legend of King Arthur. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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