To me this is one of the best magical movies out there, it's beautifully filmed, full of magic, good and evil, romance, an intense soundtrack and it taught us all The Charm of Making! "Anall nathrach, oorfas bethud, dorhiel dienvay" a charm that we since discovered, if said with feeling, is great for dislodging in a most speedy manner aggressive fundamentalists from New Age shops, but that's another story.
I chuckled watching it again, the font used in the opening is so "1981 Fantasy," but once the film actually starts I found that it's really not dated at all. The casting was perfect, so many wonderful actors are found in this masterpiece. A very young Helen Mirrin shows her regal talent early on as Morgana, Arthur's sister and dark sorceress. I find that Nicol Williamson was the best Merlin in film history, playing the enigmatic mage and teacher with equal parts of warmth, humor, wisdom and power.
|Morgana and Merlin face off.|
|Coolest Medieval wedding ever!|
There are some things about this movie that I love. The clever way they used lighting to portray the living magic in the sword Excalibur was brilliant. Whenever it's drawn, you see a green light reflecting on every ones armor, it's subtle and cool. The scenery and costuming is absolutely inspiring.
I love the two creepy kids as well, who is creepier, little Morgana as a child or her son little Mordred? I think they are both pretty darned creepy. I love Mordred's golden armor.
|Little Morgan leading Arthurs Knights to their doom, his mother is so proud!|
|Little Morgana, she knows what's up even if the growups don't and she tells them so in her creepy dubbed voice.|
One of the most iconic scenes in the movie is when Arthur and his knights ride through an orchard of trees in bloom, petals falling all around them.
I love this classic magical movie, it has everything you need if you're looking for a great movie to enchant your imagination!
|Arthur drawing Excalibur from the stone.|