Excalibur [1981]

3/10 | 16.Feb.12
Excalibur

DIRECTOR: John Boorman | WRITERS: Rospo Pallenberg, John Boorman | CAST: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson, Robert Addie, Gabriel Byrne | UK

Oy. I liked Excalibur a little when it came out 30 years ago, but it sure hasn’t held up. Or maybe I just have less tolerance for this kind of thing now. Silent movie title cards for dialogue, a cast made up of men who are practically indistinguishable from one another, more gleaming chrome than a vintage car show, and Nicol Williamson at his hammiest worst. Inept plotting and worse acting. And wall-to-wall Wagner and Orff chestnuts on the soundtrack.

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