Once upon a time the gods of light and the gods of darkness fought a war in the world of men. The gods of light were supported by the Tuadaan, a special tribe capable of unbelievable things. It has been centuries since the war took place, when a child is born with a birthmark, that frightens and gives hope at the same time. His presence is a gift. A gift of the Tuadaan to save the world once more.
The indie movie “Arthur & Merlin” by Myrrdin Ltd tells the well-known legend from a totally new point of view. And that’s what I especially liked about it. That’s what makes the movie what it is: a true masterpiece. We encounter Merlin and Arthur as children, one helping the other. One being a powerful element bender without any knowledge about his abilities, while the other one suffers from being one of the many sons of a nobleman.
At that point they don’t know, that their paths will cross again and they don’t know, that they will become an important part of each others lifes. I don’t want to spoil too much regarding the story, because you have to see and experience it to fully understand my enthusiasm.
I was totally blown away by the main cast. Stefan Butler as the weird and yet entertaining version of Merlin aka Myrrdin was a truly captivating experience. His portrayal reminded me of an ancient version of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. I don’t even know exactly why, but he did. And it suits both the character and the actor. He acts it out so naturally, that you can’t believe what a nice, friendly and totally un-weird man he is in person.
Not to speak of Kirk Barker portraying Arthfael aka Arthur. Perfect body, perfect appearance, perfect incarnation of the hero Arthur we know from all the tales. But: his Arthur is still different from all the versions we know. He’s far from being perfect and far from being a hero in the beginning. But he becomes, what he needs to be. And Barker acts that out perfectly as well.
That’s what makes the characters even more interesting in this movie: they develop. Over the course of one and a half hours the characters have become a more complex, more responsible version of themselves.
I was really impressed by the portrayal of the main villain in this movie as well. Nigel Cooke as Aberthol is one of the most frightening, most evil villains I have ever seen in a indie movie. He’s just so good. I was lead to hate Aberthol every time I saw the movie. And every time I only wished him the worst. And that actually is a good sign, because the actor manages it to let the viewer get emotional. That’s what a theatrical experience should be about.
To be honest, I don’t want to spare out anyone of the cast, because they were simply brilliant. Their names are: Charlotte Brimble, Adrian Bouchet,David Sterne,
Nicholas Asbury, Andrew Grose, Garth Maunders, Joseph Attenborough, Jack Rigby, Alison Harris, Jack Maw, Hattie Pardy-McLaughlin, Harvey Walsh, Helen Phillips, Gareth Bennett-Ryan, Kiel O’Shea, Ben Boorman, Karin Floengard Jonsson, Nathaniel Marten, Delilah Gyves-Smart, Ethan Mckinley, David Morrell, Robin Berry, Ben Craze, Bartley Burke, Timothy Block, Josh Ockenden, Adam Probets.
I can’t mention everyone of the crew, because there are many areas in filmmaking I have absolutely no idea of. But the director Marco van Belle did an amazing job in putting together this piece of ancient mythology. The colours and shots are awesome, the transitions are very fluent and I enjoyed watching the movie.
Kat Wood and Marco Belle wrote the story and what can I say more than praise? Picking these tales from the celtic mytholgy and putting them together to let Myrrdin ans Arthfael come to life, is truly a work of art.
The fighting scenes were epic, the hours of training really paid out. The coordination and authenticity of the battle and single fighting scenes were really captivating.
Sound. Yeah, the sound always has an impact on the viewer. Especially on me. I love the musical background of cinematic artworks. It’s got a lot to do with the emotionality of a movie. And in this case, the music fitted perfectly well to the scenes, to the whole atmosphere.
I had the honour to see the movie on the big screen twice (once at HobbitCon in Bonn, once at the premiere in London) and I enjoyed every minute of it.
The movie is like a big puzzle, in which every puzzle piece sits just where it needs to be. Every department did their best and the result is a true work of art. A new perspective on the relationship between Merlin and Arthur. A new perspective on the characters, a new perspective on a totally new and yet old tale. A new perspective on the old mythology.
It’s worth every single penny and cent… So: buy it, watch it and enjoy it. So we can maybe see a second part around soon. 😉
Here’s the link to the official website: http://www.arthurandmerlin.co.uk/
Thank you again for inviting me to the London premiere, it was a pleasure and honour to be among the guests.
And a big thank you to everyone, who was involved:
(List taken from the IMDB page of the movie)
Marco van Belle
Adam T. Winters
Film Editing by
Production Design by
Costume Design by
Rowan M. Ashe
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Visual Effects by
Adam T. Winters
Camera and Electrical Department
Guillermo Álvarez Villaescusa
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Colin Harold Valencia De Valence
Adam Peter Marsden
Lee Thomas Charles Taylor