Excalibur (1981) | John Boorman



John Boorman’s polarizing but highly ambitious take on Arthurian legend is a visually and aurally striking look into the myth, the fantasy, and the haunting imagery that the medieval Thomas Malory tale has evoked over the last several centuries.  A then-nobody, but now all-star cast that includes Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, and Patrick Stewart appears alongside stars Nigel Terry and Nicol Williamson to spin this sword-and-sorcery take on this well-known tale unlike any other that has seemingly come before or since.


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  1. I loved Excalibur when it came out. Recently I bought a copy on DVD and showed it to two of my sons who are either sidd of 20. They were both underwhelmed. I guess it was tio plodding and metaphysical for them. I still liked it but did see the perposterous elements and kind of chuckle at some of the non-cinema acting. Ultimately, though, the tale is about Arthur, and he is all of us: A person with no rhyme or reason for being, but one that seeks a purpose and a destiny, and a role. What he discovers is that life is a magical mystery journey and all you can do is play out your dream. One remembers the Silver castle, the green moss, the masks, the beads, and of course Williamson declaiming “They are strange ways, the ways of the necromancer”. The film is a glorious folly, and all the better for it.

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