"With stellar performances across the board, Arthur & Merlin: Knights Of Camelot is a must watch"
The Arthurian legend has always fascinated storytellers the world over; there have been some great adaptations and some not so great, so when I had the opportunity to see Arthur & Merlin: Knights Of Camelot, I was thrilled and excited, since I've always been fascinated and I wasn't disappointed, Arthur & Merlin: Knights Of Camelot definitely sits at the top, up there with the likes of Excalibur.
So Arthur & Merlin: Knights Of Camelot takes place when Arthur (Richard Short) is king and the Knights Of Camelot are well established, there are flashbacks to the legendary Sword in the Stone fable, but this is no retelling of what has come before, it stands on its own to tell its own story within the pantheon of King Arthur films.
We meet Arthur and his Knights following a successful campaign away from Camelot, which leaves the kingdom vulnerable to corruption in the form of Arthur's son Modred (Joel Phillimore), Modred's hatred of Arthur emminates on screen. Similarly, the camaraderie between Arthur and his Knights is palatable, you believe these men have been through a lot together, their friendship has no bounds.
To be expected, there are some familiar beats with the film that mirror the legend; the relationship between Lancelot (Tim Fellingham) and Guinevere (Stella Stocker) for one and mentions of Excalibur are important parts of the legend, and if they weren't included it wouldn't feel right.
This is a fantastic entry into the King Arthur lore, the story is gripping and beautifully told, under the direction of Giles Alderson the film is shot entirely with natural light, with some assistance of candlelight, Arthur & Merlin: Knights Of Camelot is beautiful, the world created is gritty and lived in. With stellar performances across the board, Arthur & Merlin: Knights Of Camelot is a must watch.