Reel Life: King Arthur & Making Sense of the Devil

Release Date: May 12, 2017

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, and Jude Law.

IMDB Synopsis: Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.

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I loved everything about this movie. I saw it twice, and  I was saddened to hear that it was not well reviewed. PS. The soundtrack for this movie is also amazing. It is great for working out at the gym, long distance road trips, or just feeling epic while going to the grocery store.

In King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Arthur is orphaned and barely escapes with his young life. He is raised on the streets with no memory (save nightmares) about who he really is. He grows up hard, but ends up the head of a tight knit group of ragamuffins in the city of Londinium. When one of their activities puts them on the radar of the king (Vortigern, Arthur’s uncle) and Arthur is able to pull the sword Excalibur from a gigantic stone, Arthur finds himself thrust into politics, danger, and destiny.

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Destiny is not a word in Arthur’s vocabulary at first. He’s a regular guy who has scratched and clawed to achieve everything he owns. When he is told that he is the rightful heir of England, he doesn’t want anything to do with it. Delivering the nation is not his problem. His heart is set on vengeance. However, he soon learns what is truly at stake if Vortigern is allowed to rule.

When I watched this movie, I kept remembering portions of the story of Joseph in the Old Testament. Arthur’s rightful throne is stolen from him. His parents are murdered. He is forced to trade a life of comfort and wealth for one of hard living on the streets. He has every right to feel victimized and angered by his lot. He does give into these emotions at first. But, it is apparent to everyone, even his awful Uncle, that Arthur is an exceptional human being. He rises to the top, whatever situation or circumstance he is placed in.

During one conversation with his Uncle, Vortigern asks him, “What gave you your drive?” He is amazed by his character and strength. Like Joseph, Arthur’s character is crafted by hardship. The pressure reveals a diamond–unbreakable and priceless. Also like Joseph, a chance at vengeance is provided. At the end of the movie, Arthur tells his uncle, “You once asked me what gave me such drive. It was you. What I am, you made me, and for that I bless you.” He kisses his hand and concludes, “You make sense of the devil.”

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This scene gave me chills. All I kept hearing in my head was: “What you meant for evil, God used for good.” Arthur chose to bless those who cursed him and to see his life as a gift–protected by the destiny of good (GOD).

In our lives, we can see detours, problems, distractions, etc. as tools of Satan. The focus on his dark will for us can leave us frozen in fear, afraid, and unfulfilled. However, what if we started living like we believed EVERYTHING was for our good. Every detour, every tragedy, every rough and tumble moment, every victory, EVERY THING. Scripture says it. Why don’t we believe it? Why do we give the devil more credit than he is due?

What can we become when we make sense of our lives this way? What great destiny awaits us?

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3 thoughts on “Reel Life: King Arthur & Making Sense of the Devil

  1. Couldn’t agree more.
    It was an epic movie!

    My guess is The people likely wanted it kept tightly to the original script.
    But I think the unique energies they inserted were boldly eloquent that infused the story to the music like I’ve never experienced before.
    The balance of it was beautifully done.

    The old style British Folk music was soooo rich!

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