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Review: Mark Wahlberg stars in the adventure film ‘Arthur the King’

Emmy-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg stars in the new adventure movie “Arthur the King,” which was released on March 15 via Lionsgate.

Mark Wahlberg in 'Arthur The King'
Mark Wahlberg in 'Arthur The King.' Photo Credit: Carlos Rodriguez, Courtesy of Lionsgate
Mark Wahlberg in 'Arthur The King.' Photo Credit: Carlos Rodriguez, Courtesy of Lionsgate

Emmy-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg stars in the new adventure movie “Arthur the King,” which was released on March 15 via Lionsgate.

Simon Cellan Jones directed from a screenplay by Michael Brandt. It is based on the book “Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home” by Mikael Lindnord.

Aside from Wahlberg, the cast includes Simu Liu, Juliet Rylance, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ali Suliman, with Bear Grylls as Himself, and Paul Guilfoyle. Everybody offers something unique to the table as they help tell this inspirational true story.

The synopsis is: Over the course of ten days and 435 miles, an unbreakable bond is forged between pro adventure racer Michael Light (Mark Wahlberg) and a scrappy street dog companion dubbed “Arthur. “

This movie follows Michael Light, desperate for one last chance to win, as he convinces a sponsor to back him and a team of athletes (Simu Liu, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Ali Suliman) for the Adventure Racing World Championship in the Dominican Republic.

As the team is pushed to their outer limits of endurance in the race, Arthur redefines what victory, loyalty and friendship truly mean.

Wahlberg’s rapport with the canine “Ukai” who plays “Arthur” is moving, and it allows for more resonance.

This is a film that underscores such values as friendship, faith, resilience, and redemption.

Actor Jesse Kove (“Cobra Kai”) proclaimed, “This is an incredible movie about perseverance and the bonds between humans and animals. It is a must see.”

The Verdict

Overall, “Arthur the King” is a film with a lot of heart to it. While at times, it can be predictable, it is sentimental, poignant, and thoroughly entertaining. It will certainly put smiles on people’s faces, and at times, it will make them cry for joy.

There is something in it for the entire family. It’s a bumpy, crazy, yet exhilarating and fun ride.

Grab some popcorn and allow Mark Wahlberg to lure you in. “Arthur the King” garners 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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