A New Twist On The King Arthur Tale

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Langford is an excellent choice for Nimue. She is strong and resilient yet somewhat trusting and naïve.

The legend of King Arthur has taken on many forms in various media throughout time. There have been countless novels, movies, and television series that deal either directly with Arthur, Excalibur, and The Lady of the Lake. This week Netflix offers their version, Cursed, based on an illustrated young adult novel written by award-winning comic book legend Frank Miller (Daredevil) and Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots). This account is told from the perspective of Nimue (Katherine Langford; Knives Out), a teenaged, fae girl who becomes the “Queen” of a marginalized people (I use that word loosely) and eventually, it seems, is fated to be the fabled Lady of the Lake.

In comparison to the Crusades, we meet groups of various fae people who are being stalked and murdered by the Church warriors, known as the Red Paladins, while the King sits idly by and allows it to happen. As Nimue watches her “clan” is slaughtered and burned to death and she witnesses the death of her own mother. Before her mother dies, she gives Nimue a package and tells her to bring it to Merlin (Gustaf Skarsgard; Vikings), a despised magician, considered to be a traitor, who lives under the protection of the King.

While on her quest, Nimue meets Arthur (Devon Terrell; Barry), a young thief who steals her package, which turns out to be the Sword of the First King, long assumed to have been destroyed. Together they unite the fae clans to fight the Red Paladin in an attempt to stop the slaughter of their people. Meanwhile, the various individuals in power (The King, The Church, etc.) are plotting against Nimue to try to get the sword, as it is supposed to possess great power and it is said the person to wield it will become the most powerful in all the land. — More

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