In at least two ways.
|Why, in the teaser above, do the letters slowly appear, in a seeming array of nonsense, like a puzzle on Wheel Of Fortune? Because the film is a puzzle. That is how the narrative will "come" to us. Just as one letter appears here, and another, seemingly unrelated letter appears over there, so, too, with events, characters and details of the narrative, until we can make sense of it; why? As usual, dear reader, there are at least two reasons. First, we know the story of Arthur, so we are the implied audience (we have the necessary background required to watch the film and know what is going on) as such, Ritchie needs to make sure we don't get bored with the film, so he has to use a creative editing technique--both narratively and visually--to keep us engaged with his story (an example of narrative editing is, in the main trailer, when Arthur asks the man questioning him about his nightmare if he's writing a book; we engage with that as viewers because we know lots of books about Arthur have been written; an example of visual editing is when Arthur is fighting and Ritchie rewinds the action when GooseFat Jack says, "Back up," and the events, literally, back up. We don't see that technique often--if at all--employed in film, yet it's visual enticement which will hold our interest). The second reason is because this method reflects life: we don't always have the whole answer before us, we only a part of what might be an answer, but we have to act anyway, by a leap of faith--and we have all ready seen plenty of those in the trailers--and that is what will be the basis of the film. Now, on an entirely different note, let's go back and add some additional commentary to the long explanation we have all ready gathered. As we stated previously, the idea of a "sword in the stone" is very much a phallic one: Uther Pendragon, the father of Arthur, lusted for the wife of another man, and so he planted his "hard phallus" within her; just before dying, Uther plants his sword into a stone realizing that, just as a sword does not belong in a stone, neither does a man's penis belong in the wife of another man. The long period of lawlessness and darkness reigning over the land during that time, was England paying the price for Uther's sin, as Israel paid the price for David lusting for Bathsheba. Making a film about knights and King Arthur is possibly the most masculine subject matter Guy Ritchie could have picked: is there anything more masculine than a knight, who was, by very definition, supposed to represent manhood? When colleges begin offering classes as "safe spaces" to discuss "toxic masculinity" there is a war against masculinity in general. King Arthur: Legend Of the Sword could instead be rightfully entitled, King Arthur: Legend of the White Man and His Manifold Accomplishments For Civilization. And that is a good thing! With King Arthur being brought into the public forum of discourse, Ritchie re-introduces three major topics for discussion: "Englishness," masculinity, and the law. First, is there any single person who embodies being English more so than King Arthur? Why is this important? Brexit. The English wish to remain English and not be swallowed up, either by the European Union or, even more so, the flood of immigrants surging throughout European countries and the US (which is caused by EU laws on immigration and Obama's policies on following the EU). Secondly, there is masculinity, and the order of chivalry which Arthur creates to embody masculinity and structure it so men have an ideal and standard by which to measure themselves. Thirdly, there is the law. The last eight years, in the world and especially the United States, has seen an unprecedented break-down in law enforcement: from the war crimes of people like Obama (remember, Egypt, Syria, Ukraine, Benghazi, and no telling where else), the heads of the Department of Justice Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder, the heads of the IRS, Hillary's constant lying and obstruction of justice, and crimes against law enforcement officers, there has never been less law in the civilized world than today. Why? Because "the law" is largely seen to be an extension of white male rule, not the "laws" of those identifying themselves as minorities. By committing crimes and getting away with it, the Left is slowly but surely undermining the law of the Founding Fathers and the rule of "logic" in the West in general. Ritchie, then, in being himself the man "who pulled sword from stone" by reminding audiences of what we all ready know, as it is, once again, "embodied" in King Arthur, is the man who wants to re-establish order|
|As we said earlier, the sword in the stone is an instrument of the divine, and the opening of the teaser is where we see the divine (the sword) touching our mundane existence (the earth/floor). Bear with me, if you will, as we take a little trip. In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jyn wears a crystal around her neck that is used in making light sabers (which is very much like a sword). Jyn, however, dies, she does not go on in the story (she gives up her life in sacrifice to help save the universe, so she is a hero) but Jyn is a common vessel because the crystal she wears has not been refined. Princess Leia, on the other hand, is a light saber: her all white gown we see her wearing is the same color as the light saber which Obi Wan gives Luke a few scenes later. As Leia speaks to Darth Vader and then Grand Moff Tarkin, when they question her about the Rebel Alliance and base, she is unflinching in her bravery and her harsh words. Leia, then has been through the fire which Jyn would not have been able to pass through. Now, back to King Arthur: just as Leia is a light saber, so Arthur will become the sword,...or, at least he's meant to. No one is perfect, but this is Arthur's destiny, as it is the destiny of each of us. As Scripture tells us in 2 Timothy 2-22, there are vessels of gold and vessels of clay. We can see this in the image above: we see the sword, and to the right of the sword is a vessel: the vessel isn't as grand as the sword, but the vessel serves a purpose, just as you and I might not be president someday, but we serve a purpose still.|
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Here is the link to the original post discussing the first trailer that was released and here is the original, full-length trailer: