Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1995. Columbia Pictures Corporation, First Knight Productions. Story by Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, William Nicholson, Screenplay by William Nicholson. Cinematography by Adam Greenberg. Produced by Hunt Lowry, Jerry Zucker. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Production Design by John Box. Costume Design by Nanà Cecchi. Film Editing by Walter Murch.
Just in case anyone thought that Lerner and Loewe’s musical was the most boring version of the Camelot legend, here’s director Jerry Zucker to provide film audiences with an all-time low. Stripping the story of its more fairy-tale magical elements (wizards and witches, magical spells), the story instead concentrates solely on the human drama between Guenevere (Julia Ormond), her husband King Arthur (Sean Connery), and Lancelot (Richard Gere), who comes from France all squinty-eyed and ready to steal her heart. The human drama that unfolds, however, is incredibly listless, the chemistry between the actors is nowhere to be found, and the costumes and sets that try to look storybook and fantastical just come off as bargain-basement cheap. John Boorman’s Excalibur still rests quite comfortably at the top of the Arthurian movie list.