I watched nearly the whole thing at 17. I really like Jamie Campbell Bower (Arthur) as Jace Wayland (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), Anthony Hope (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), and as the lead singer of his rock band, Counterfeit, so I said "Hey, why not" and watched it.
The sex scenes are gratuitous, to say the least. I felt mildly uncomfortable for some of the first episode. You can easily skip over these though, they're not super relevant.
I'd say the amount of violence makes sense considering the legend, era, and plot. It's not particularly gory. If you've seen Hostel, Final Destination, or anything like that, don't expect to be grossed out. It's lighter than some other movies and shows I've seen so it's alright. Too much for a seven-year-old, probably not too much for a thirteen-year-old.
The plot is okay. Not bad, not good. I'll admit that some of the drama wasn't all that enticing. As I said, I watched this mostly for an actor I liked. The other actors were quite good. Not the best but thoroughly convincing.
One of the complaints I read was about who plays Arthur.I am well aware people are used to seeing rather unrealistic people as heroes but Jamie's Arthur was considerably more "historically accurate" than a short-haired, bulkier man would have been. I put this in quotes considering most tellings of this tale aren't striving for exactly historically accurate. It makes perfect sense considering the lack of indoor plumbing that his hair would be relatively unkempt. It was a stylistic choice. Plus, you don't want to that actor with shorter hair, his ears are slightly too large and he looks very strange that way. Plus, that length gives the opportunity for Arthur in man buns and I think that's great.
Despite the sex and violence, I'd say Arthur as a character isn't too bad of a role model. He's courageous and kind. While his affair with a soon-to-be-married woman wasn't a good decision, it shows that even good guys make bad decisions. Also, I think that Arthur respects women more than some of his counterparts, which is a good thing for everyone to see.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend it to families with young children but a teenager alone during the weekend might like it well enough.
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