|Why is there not a relationship developed between The Mage and Arthur? Originally, Astrid Berges-Frisby was cast to portray Guinevere, the legendary queen to King Arthur, but during filming, Charlie Hunnam (Arthur) and director/writer Guy Ritchie confirmed that they mutually decided to drop the romantic angle between Arthur and The Mage/Guinevere. This article goes so far as to suggest that The Mage and Guinevere are two entirely separate characters. So, which is it? We will probably never know, unless a miracle allows Ritchie to go ahead and make the other five reported storylines of the King Arthur Legend Of the Sword narrative he originally intended. Prior to opening, KA was projected to make $25 million against a production budget of $175 million (plus another $100 million for advertising and promotions); unfortunately, it only made $15 million opening weekend, and even after home movie release, has grossed around $142 million (this doesn't tally in, however, all the copies of the film I purchased for gifts for Christmas,....) so, while there were at least 5 more planned films in the sequence, none of them are going to be made now, unless, however, Sherlock Holmes 3 and Aladdin are major box office successes, in which case, it's possible that Ritchie could use his sway at that point to take another stab at the KA story.|
So, back to The Mage.
Of all the characters of 2017, she is definitely my favorite: Ritchie provides for us what I would deem the "quintessential woman of power and personal success," that is to say, she's the exact opposite of what feminists think a woman should be, but what I believe God created woman to become. So, if she's so awesome, why isn't there a relationship? I think it's to Arthur's credit that he doesn't get romantically involved with her,... or any woman we see. He grew up in a brothel, so he grew up seeing what happens to men and woman who engage in sexual relations outside of marriage and, in short, Arthur doesn't want to become that kind of man, or a woman he loves to become that kind of woman. At one point in the montage of Arthur growing up in the brothel, we see him numerous times watching a man beating one of the women who raised him, and either Arthur not being able to do anything about it, or Arthur himself also being beaten, until the end of that montage when a "customer" goes to strike Arthur and, instead of being beaten by the man, Arthur--the young man now, with his own strength--is able to stop the man's fist in mid-air before it hits Arthur's face. This is significant for at least two reasons. First, Arthur isn't growing up with the attitude that women are commodities, even though the women in the brothel have made themselves exactly that; secondly, it foreshadows how Arthur will stop Vortigern from beating him. In the final battle of Vortigern against Arthur, Arthur has been knocked down and can't get up; he has a vision of his father giving Arthur Excalibur and when Vortigern is about to strike the death blow to Arthur, Arthur is able to stand and block the blow: if Vortigern killed Arthur in that scene, it would have also been killing England, because Arthur was the rightful heir, so in the brothel scene, when Arthur defends the girls by stopping that "customer," it symbolizes the prostitute (a woman of child-bearing age) as England, the motherland which gave birth to Arthur, and Arthur rising up to defend it against those parasites who want to pillage England for their own gains, like Vortigern. So, in not treating The Mage as one of the prostitutes he grew up with, Arthur creates a vision of a "new England" which will not be bound to the sexual slavery the old England was bound to under Vortigern, rather, The Mage symbolizes spiritual freedom and advancement instead of prostitutes' slavery to being sex slaves.
Voritgern is arrogant, and that's why he doesn't believe there possibly could be any Mages left after he set out to destroy them all; we saw the same arrogance with Hillary Clinton and her 2016 campaign, the arrogance she had that she was above the law and no one could possibly bring her down. Arrogance is the reason Ritchie has his Arthur grow up on the streets: when the prostitutes first find Arthur and have his hair cut, we know that hair symbolizes our thoughts, and the beautiful, golden hair of the young prince is shaved right off; why? So Arthur won't think of himself as being royalty (his "golden curls" are "gold" and "gold" symbolizes royalty because gold is the only gift worthy of royalty, so he thinks of himself as being royal).
Twisted, isn't it?
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