The Hero Is Magically Admired By Everyone For No Reason
It's no secret that fans worship their pop culture heroes. Hell, Detroit's erecting a statue of RoboCop just for saving their town at a fictional future date. We love characters like James Bond and Indiana Jones, even though one's a sociopathic alcoholic and Raiders Of The Lost Ark would have taken place in a jail cell if To Catch A Predator had existed in the 1920s.
Lately, though, movies have been trying to shoehorn an admiration for the character into the story itself, even when that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It's as if filmmakers are trying to kick-start franchise success by making their protagonists beloved icons within their own universes. Take King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, Guy Ritchie's latest attempt to take classic British stories and inject them with 80 percent more slow-motion shirtless punching scenes. The movie finds Arthur, the true heir to the throne, staging an uprising against its usurper, King Jude Law.
Warner Bros. Pictures"I am the Jude Law!"
In one of the first big battle scenes, Arthur busts out his magic sword and kills every goddamn person in sight.
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. PicturesEven the ones who were clearly just on their way to some sort of Eyes Wide Shut-orgy.
In the aftermath, Merlin's mage tells him how important he is to the people, and how they are fighting in his name.
Warner Bros. Pictures"You're no longer a myth. You're starting to mean something … They are fighting in your name."
Warner Bros. Pictures"I don't want to wear that."
But ... why? First of all, Arthur's the damn rightful heir to the throne; whether or not the people like him is beside the point. But also, he's barely done anything except bust out a magical murder sword of death. So yeah, people probably do want to be on his side. It's as if this movie wants to have it both ways. Arthur is a folk hero, but also part of the decidedly undemocratic monarchy.