One of the truly lunatic masterpieces of mainstream cinema. Like somebody mashed up Ran and Richard Lester's Musketeers movies.
With a cast packed with generational acting talent (Gabriel Byrne, Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, Ciarán Hinds) it's Nigel Terry (the worst actor in The Lion in Winter) who plays the lead (he's pretty good though) and Paul Geoffrey who gives the second-best male performance.
Best performance though is Nicol Williamson, who bounces his lines between menace and comedy and high and low pitched voices seemingly at random. Unstable and incomprehensible, the old weird world personified. Helen Mirren almost matches him.
Through it all the identification with the people and the land, embodied in the King. A kind of proto-environmentalism maybe. Merlin's…