One of England’s most famous legends is that of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  For decades, the legend has been interpreted in a whole host of ways ranging from Disney classic ‘The Sword in the Stone’, to 2004’s ‘King Arthur’, to 1995 adventure ‘First Knight’.  Facts vary from story to story, but what does remain the same is that it is based on a great legend…

Many actors have had the privilege of playing King Arthur, and in ‘First Knight’ Sean Connery is the one to take the crown and the legendary Excalibur to become King Arthur.  Sean has that amazing regal look needed to take on this role, and he was certainly able to take that and make it his own.  Though, where would King Arthur be without his Guinevere, and where would they be without Lancelot? Of course, if you know the history of Camelot, you’ll remember that these two actually become secret lovers.  Whilst King Arthur’s enemy, Prince Malagand, burns and pillages defenceless villages, Arthur faces not just the battle to defeat Malagand and save Camelot, but he also must battle to win Guinevere’s heart.  But, she is the one with the choice: Lancelot’s charm, bravery and youth; or Arthur’s compassion, loyalty and chivalry?  Guinevere struggles to make a decision as her heart yearns for Lancelot, but her mind desires Arthur.

Julia Ormond and Richard Gere play the fearless Guinevere and the master swordsman Lancelot who fall in love after Lancelot rescues her time and again.  Though they are not given much time to cement this everlasting love for each other, in the time and script given, they certainly did well to achieve what they did.  Apologies have to be made for Richard Gere’s accent, his American accent stands out amongst the cast of Brits but please bear with him, it is an entertaining film if you can be happy to waver on the inaccuracy of the accents.

You may be put off by the age of the film, and opting for Clive Owen instead.  However this film was released back in 1995, so the special effects were never going to be incredible compared to what we have today, and they seem to have used a lot of their budget getting early ‘90s heartthrob Richard Gere for the ladies, instead of looking for an English actor.  However, this film is an adventure: it’s not an epic; it’s not the best film ever made; but it is certainly one you could watch with friends at your film night.  Don’t expect too much, but you might find yourself pleasantly surprised by the simplicity of the production and of the storyline.  You don’t need to over think as it tells you the historical background, so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the legend of King Arthur and of his First Knight…