IMDb rating: 5.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 72%
Cursed is the new fantasy series on Netflix, which many hoped would be a worthy contender for the empty space left by Game Of Thrones. This is perhaps a futile pursuit; many may imitate, but it’s unlikely anything will quite measure up, for many years, until we’ve all forgotten. That’s probably not going to happen either, although the outcry over the way that series ended has largely faded, who’d have thought?
The legend of King Arthur, his sword Excalibur, and the Lady of the Lake has itself stood the test of time, and this reimagining of the tale – as portrayed in the illustrated novel by Frank Miller (Ronin, Sin City) and Tom Wheeler – is told through the eyes of Nimue (Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why), a Fey young heroine with a mysterious gift (witchy powers).
From the opening scene, it’s clear viewers are going to love the breathtaking cinematography and special effects. It is, however, what we call a “slow burn”, taking a few episodes to warm up before getting a strong grip (if you’ll forgive the mental image of a hand clutching a sword).
According to Hollywood Reporter, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are nowhere to be found in Netflix’s Cursed, at least not in their classic incarnations.
“Many of those legendary characters populate the streaming service’s violent new fantasy series, from creators Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler, based on their novel of the same name — but in many cases, they are radically reimagined, and in all cases, they take second position to the star of the show: Nimue, the fabled Lady of the Lake.”
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