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The propaganda of the film emphasizes the entire production crew, producer Jerry Bruckheimer in particular, rather than the director Antoine Fuqua. Although Gunivere (Keira Knightley) is the focus of the film distributor's advertising posters, she occupies only a supporting role in the film. The plot line develops along King Arthur (Clive Owen) and his 7 Knights. It is all about King Arthur's boldness, leadership, brotherhood with his followers (the Knights), sympathy on the weak, pursuance of justice and love for his nationals.
Despite the relative unpopularity of the story, the viewer does not feel alienated even when the film begins because the director quickly establishes the narrative logic of event definition, their causality, parallelism, temporal relations (order and duration), spatial composition and orientation by expounding the contextual elements of the story at the beginning by using flashback, montage, graphics (the maps) and voice over (narration from one of the Knights, Lancelot (Ioan Gruffudd)) to enable the viewer to grasp the background and decipher the exposition of the story.
The narrative is smooth and unrestricted as the viewer knows as much as the characters do. In the tightly knitted linear narrative, there is a strong causality among the events (the background leading to the Knights' being called for service, their last mission before they are free from their service and their return to the assist the Woads). The viewer will find it easy to follow the plots.
The orchestral music is rhythmic and instils a bold and moody feeling that completely matches with the plots. Music occasionally escalates in volume and becomes dominant in many scenes (with ambient sounds subdued) to enhance the sense of boldness of the Knights. Battle scenes are grand (with CG). There are also many low angle shots of the protagonists riding on horses to depict their braveness and forcefulness. Although "King Arthur" and "Troy" belong to the same genre, "King Arthur" is secondary to "Troy" as it is coarser and less detailed in depicting the personalities of the characters (note that there are sharp contrasts in the personalities of the characters in "Troy"). On the whole, the film is visually (action and costume) and musically entertaining.
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