Despite having a talent for making tough, urban crime thrillers like “Training Day” (2001), director Antoine Fuqua tried throughout his career not to be pigeonholed; instead steering his career towards other genres not usually open to other African-American directors. But even when Fuqua was directing music videos, he had to fight against being stereotyped – honored to have worked with Prince and Stevie Wonder, he never had the same opportunity with other favorites like Eric Clapton and U2. What he wanted more than anything was to make deep, resonant films rather than another urban flick that starred people of the same race. Mysticism and Joseph Campbell had far greater appeal to him than doing another gangsta thriller set in the ’hood. Though not always successful in pulling off movies out of his comfort zone – the realist take on the mythological “King Arthur” (2004) being a prime example – Fuqua challenged himself to push his boundaries and see the world through a colorless lens… read more
Will likely toil forever in the shadow of films such as John Boorman's "Excalibur," but I for one found it fascinating to see a more vulnerable Arthur with no idea what to believe, who to trust, or where to place his faith. Fuqua's film is a flawed one, but in its attempt to bring greater depth and complexity to a classic hero, it mostly succeeds. A compelling if uneven watch.
This is a pretty stupid movie...but everyone just looks so good that I'm not ashamed to say I enjoy this movie.