The sorcerer Merlin (Nicol Williamson) retrieves Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake for Uther Pendragon (Gabriel Byrne). Uther uses it to secure an alliance with Gorlois, the Duke of Cornwall. Uther soon ruins the truce with his lust for Cornwall’s wife Igrayne (Katrine Boorman) and Uther forces Merlin to help him seduce Igrayne. On the condition that Uther relinquishes to Merlin whatever results from his lust, Merlin transforms Uther into Cornwall’s likeness with the Charm of Making. Cornwall dies while leading an assault on Uther’s camp, and his daughter Morgana awakes upon sensing Cornwall’s death. Igrayne, fooled by the disguise, submits to Uther, who impregnates her. The devastated Morgana is the only one who can see past his disguise. Nine months later, Merlin arrives and takes Uther’s son Arthur. Uther pursues but is mortally wounded by Gorlois’s knights. Uther thrusts Excalibur into a stone, and Merlin proclaims that “he who draws the sword from the stone, he shall be king.”  Years later Arthur draws Excalibur from the stone and becomes king. Guided by Merlin, Arthur marries Guenivere and gathers the Knights of the Round Table. Then Arthur’s evil half-sister Morgana sires a son with him, who may prove his downfall…

I remember loving this movie back in the early 80s and I have not seen it for quite some time now. I reckon my first reaction when reseeing it again, was it felt extremely theatrical in the setup and specifically the dialogue. I do love the story about King Arthur, Knights of the Round Table and the quest for the holy Grail and “Excalibur” is not a bad interpretation of the story, but yet it does feel slightly outdated in its general structure. Specifically the theatrical dialogue and acting plus the poor fx. And it feels like they have dubbed the actors?! What is on the upside, it is an ok knights movie (we need more cool knights movies!), nice armours and ok battle scenes. Plus the music of Richard Wagner and Carl Orff. I would however not mind seeing a remake. There was one in the pipeline with Bryan Singer behind the camera, but it has apparently been put on the shelf for an undefinate future. Shame. Bring it out again! (3 out of 5)