There is another King Arthur Movie coming out. It is entitled “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”. It is a big budget movie and directed by Guy Ritchie. So I would guess it will probably be a fun movie. It is scheduled to be released in March of 2017 and the trailers are out.
But I don’t want to discuss that movie in particular. It just brought up a thought I had about the legend of King Arthur and the various movies. And something that is oft overlooked.
We get caught up in the fanfare of heroism, battling evil, battling dragons and enemies and the like. The focus tends to be on the overcoming of insurmountable external obstacles. But there is one small scene in one of the movies that is, in my opinion, the most important. The scene lasts about a minute. But it really brings out what is important when we are talking about being a knight, a king, or just a human being.
It is in the 1981 John Boorman version called “Excalibur”. Which, in my opinion is the best Arthur movie of them all. It achieves a dream-like quality that is not seen in any of the others.
And now to my thesis.
We all know that excalibur can only be withdrawn from the stone by the person who is worthy of being king. Easy enough to understand. And a wonderful concept that has helped to make the story of Arthur what it is.
Yet, we never really get a good look at what the determining factors are when it comes to “being worthy”. Except for in the film Excalibur.
In this film we get to see what defines a person worthy of the sword. And it only takes about a minute of film to show us convincingly.
You see, in Excalibur, Arthur is a simple squire to his adopted brother; an assistant to a knight. And in an emergency, the knight ends up with no sword. It has been stolen.
Our young Arthur scrambles to get his step brother another sword. So he goes to the sword in the stone. . . and easily removes it.
It was a selfless act on his part. He wanted nothing for himself. The sword was to be given to another. And this selfless act was a short glimpse into the pure character that Arthur embodied. This is the kind of man who will wield Excalibur and become a king. For, you see a king doesn’t rule over people. He is their servant.