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These are the brand new adventures of Merlin, the legendary sorcerer as a young man, when he was just a servant to young Prince Arthur on the royal court of Camelot, who has soon become his best friend, and turned Arthur into a great king and a legend.
The legend of King Arthur, this time, from the perspective of the King's Wizard, Merlin. Merlin is a creature born of pagan magic, living in a world converting to Christianity. Merlin is beside Arthur as he gains Excalibur, builds Camelot and is betrayed by his wife, Guinevere. Merlin and Arthur are both menaced by the plots of Morgan Le Fey, her son by Arthur, Mordred, and their cohorts. Through it all, Merlin tries to keep Arthur from the destructive path set by fate. Written by
Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <email@example.com>
Having studied the Arthurian legend and its evolution over time, I am surprised I did not see this movie until recently.
One of the more interesting points about telling the legend of King Arthur is reconciling all the differences in the legend. Being a 900 year old story, there are many different sources one could use to tell the tale. "Merlin" seems to draw from them all, and successfully weaves various stories together into a working tale. I recognized plot details from such medieval authors as Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chretien de Troyes, and Thomas Mallory, while also recognizing more contemporary writers (relatively) as T.H. White and Alfred Lord Tennyson. The film even introduced an original theme to the legend: the Character of Queen Mab, which gives it the feel of a true Fairy Tale. In fact, the only major detail of the Arthurian legend that is left out is his war with Rome (but if you're interested in that, I'd recommend the 2004 "King Arthur" starring Clive Owen).
Do not watch this if you are strict in believing that the legend happened one way and one way only, but if you are willing to believe that a story can be retold in many ways, this film is one of the best.
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