First Knight Movie Review Essay
The title of the film was First Knight, which was released in 1995 and the director was Jerry Zucker and screenwriter was William Nicholson. The major actors included Lancelot, played by Richard Gere, King Arthur, played by Sean Connery, Guinevere, played by Julia Ormond, and Malagant, performed by Ben Cross. The First Knight is a story about a love triangle and the struggle for power. Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur.
Meanwhile, a violent warlord, Malagant, attempts to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Throughout the film there’s a substantial amount of action scenes including horse chases, swordfights, and high-water dives. Sean Connery plays an excellent role as King Arthur as a bold, caring, leader. In addition, the film is recorded in several beautiful areas and credible costumes. Christianity is also cast in a respectable light, good and noble.
The romance presented in this movie seems dull especially considering that Richard Gere was poorly miscast as Lancelot, extremely unconvincing as his role of the legendary hero. Furthermore, Julia Ormond is extremely underwhelming in this film constantly bouncing back between the two heroes in the film. I would rate this film **, mainly due to the fact that this adventure/ romance/ drama comprises of poor dialogue and subpar acting.
I would not recommend this movie to others because I believe it takes the legend of King Arthur, and turns it into a traditional Hollywood film. I believe this film appeals to both men and women due to its combination of romance and action. Despite some of the gory battle scenes, this movie contains zero profanity and sexual scenes (although suggestions are made as well as a few passionate kisses), making it appropriate for teenagers and adults.