Not recommended for children under 14; Parental Guidance recommended for children aged 14; Suitable for 15+
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|Children aged under 14||Not recommended|
|Children aged 14||Parental Guidance recommended|
|Children aged 15+||Suitable for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||King Arthur: Legend of the Sword|
|Consumer advice lines:||Fantasy themes, violence and coarse language.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a retelling of the original myth by director Guy Ritchie. The film begins with King Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana) being overthrown by his treacherous and vindictive brother Vortigern (Jude Law). After ruthlessly sacrificing his wife for this cause, Vortigern makes moves to kill his young nephew Arthur, who would be the true heir to the throne. However, Arthur is saved and eventually raised by a group of prostitutes in a city brothel.
Two decades later, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) has grown into a skilled street fighter whilst Vortigern has only become a more tyrannical leader. On learning about the powerful sword Excalibur being stuck firmly into a stone, Vortigern sends his guards to collect men from the village in an effort to pull it free. When Arthur is able to pull the sword free, Vortigern meets with him privately and reveals Arthur’s true lineage.
Before Vortigern is able to execute Arthur, a powerful mage (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) and a group of Uther’s old followers appear, and rescue Arthur. They proceed to attempt to convince him to utilise Excalibur, and to take his rightful place on the throne whilst overthrowing Vortigern.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Fantasy; love and family; good and evil; betrayal; action/adventure.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is considerable violence and references to violence within the film, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
There is limited sexual activity, including:
There is some coarse language in the film, including:
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is an inspiring story about pushing past one’s fears, conquering self-doubt and developing belief in oneself. Arthur begins the film with no understanding of his own personal lineage, although helping others was always something he greatly valued. On learning that he is heir to the throne, Arthur begins to take on-board greater responsibilities – despite the strong fears that he has of failure. The film explores grief and loss, the power of friendship, but most of all, the nature of social progress and betterment of a community. After taking the throne, Arthur begins to set in place changes that affect Camelot and its people in vastly positive ways.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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