King Arthur Movie Review

King Arthur Movie Review

We attended an advanced screening of King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword. This is our King Arthur movie review (although it was not required of us and our attending had nothing to do with this blog).

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Arthur will become King of England. That’s obvious. The actual conclusion is in the title of the movie (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). You’re not going to see this movie to figure that out. But the way he gets there, the myth of King Arthur and how it plays out, that’s why you’re heading to the theater.

The movie opens with a battle between current king Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana) taking on Mordred and his legion of really large elephants. Like, really large. These mythical beasts only exist in movies and legends. And you have to dispel disbelief if you’re to love this movie as much as you should. This is called “Legend of the Sword” not “accurate retelling of a royal succession.”

There are Sirens who live underwater with arms and multiple tentacles, there are mages who can control animals with their minds, and there is a sword is a stone waiting for its rightful heir to pull it out and save his people.

That heir is Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) whose father sent him down the river in a boat, a la Moses style, to save his life. Arthur ended up in a brothel where he grew up hustling, learning to fight, and forming a loyal group of friends and … I won’t say enemies because Arthur says (I’m paraphrasing), “Why have enemies when you can have friends?” … but a loyal group of people who just let him cut a line when he pushes through or lay his hands on a guard because it’s Arthur.

Arthur, the funny, quick witted protector of the common man. A sort of Robin Hood who takes from the offender to give to the offended. He takes a year’s wages from the Vikings for assaulting a prostitute, then gives it to her. He protects his friends and fights their battles when they cannot. You know, the exact type of person who you’d want running your country.

But, he’s not one who wants that power. Isn’t that always how it is? The people who would make the best bosses would rather stay a worker bee. Even when he pulls the sword from the stone, revealing he is bequeath to the thrown, he is ready to just disappear, go back to the brothel, and live his normal life.

That’s not possible.

Half his friends were killed; the other half are in hiding. His home was destroyed and his money stolen. The prostitute who he took wages for was killed before his eyes. So, reluctantly — very, very reluctantly — he realizes something must be done, and he is the leader to do it.

So basically, yes, this is the story of King Arthur. But told in a way that this version of the story of King Arthur wasn’t meant to be told. Director Guy Ritchie intended it to be a serious take on the tale. But the release got shelved for a little while. And, as the legend of this movie goes, it was tweaked to add a bit of humor and Guy Ritchie-style into it. And that’s when it finally got a release date.

Thank goodness for that too.

There were moments when the entire theater laughed — and laughed a lot. There’s a recount of a story told by Arthur and his two best pals (Neil Maskell’s Back Lack and Kingsley Ben-Adir’s Wetstick) that has a very Snatch feel to it that had everyone laughing. It’s then that there’s a lot of modern mixed in with renaissance. The juxtaposition makes the movie stand on its own because it does both very well.

And Hunnam does Arthur very well. You just like him and root for you. You know the story and that he is going to pull the sword from the stone. But you genuinely hold your breath and root for him when he grasps it because you know it’s coming out and that he is going to do something incredible. He puts the common folk of England on his shoulders to overturn the current King (Jude Law as Vortigern).

Hunnam doesn’t have to put the movie on his back, though. He’s so great, but Law is so good as the evil king. And Astrid Bergès-Frisbey’s The Mage is intoxicating. Pepper in the other supporting cast members and you have this really great movie. Seriously. I knew I was going to like it, but I liked it more than I expected. Pete loved it too. And the man walking out behind us said, “This movie is going to make a lot of money.”

I think your prediction is right, dear stranger. This movie is going to make a lot of money. And it’s worth every penny.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword hits theaters May 12. Until then, you can watch the final trailer below.

Why You Should Request Free Samples Before Summer Vacation

Why You Should Request Free Samples Before Summer Vacation

Before you head out on summer vacation, be sure to request free samples. Find out why at and I went on a mini-vacation during his Spring Break, and I opened my travel bag in the bathroom. “I better find a new free sample of toothpaste because mine is running out,” I thought. Because yes, my entire travel bag is filled with trial-sized free samples. We have a few overnight trips planned for this summer that we’re really looking forward to … and I need to brush my teeth during them, of course. So I need to request free samples because packing a full-size of everything while you’re living out of a carry on bag just doesn’t make sense.

Do you have any trips planned? If you do, you should definitely request free samples. It makes traveling so much easier.

Why You Should Request Free Samples Before Summer Vacation

They’re Convenient.
It’s so much easier to pack a sample, finish it, and then throw it away before you head home. That way, you’re not lugging a full bottle of shampoo and conditioner on vacation, then dragging an almost-full shampoo and conditioner back home. Same with something like toothpaste, body wash, floss, and anything else you might need for the bathroom.

They Weigh Less.
If you’re checking a bag when you’re flying, you have to worry about the weight of it. You only get a certain number of pounds for free. After that, you have to pay an additional fee. How awful would it be if a few ounces of a full-sized body wash was the reason you had to pay more for your checked bag? If you pack samples, there’s a much smaller chance of that happening.

You Can Carry Them On A Plane.
Post-9/11, you can’t carry liquids over 3.1oz. onto a plane. Cumulative, sure, no problem. But individually, nope. Sample sizes are always exactly that size or smaller, meaning they comply with the 3.1oz limit and you can put them in your carry on. That’s great for people like me who only bring a carry on (because we’re too cheap to pay for checked luggage). After you finish a sample, keep the bottle. You can refill it with other products (in case you can’t find a sample of your favorite mouthwash before your trip) and it will still be within the 3.1oz limit.

You Won’t Feel Bad If You Forget To Pack It To Go Back Home.
After I got my belly button pierced, I had to clean it with expensive soap for quite a while. During that time, my family stayed overnight at a hotel, so I packed my full-size bottle of soap. And, in the bustle of leaving the next morning, I forgot it. I was so mad the whole car ride home. If I had a small free sample and left it at the hotel, I wouldn’t have cared. After all, it was free.

They’re Free.
This is the most obvious reason. If you’re frugal like me, you want to save as much as you can … even if you’re on vacation. So instead of spending money and bringing your actual products with you, use free ones. Those pennies add up. And, even if you pack your own body wash, the hotel might provide you with small bottles. Use those instead and save yours for your next trip!

Simple Shrimp On The Barbie

Simple Shrimp On The Barbie

Headed to the beach for the day? You'll definitely want to set aside time to make this simple shrimp on the barbie (charcoal grilled shrimp recipe).We went to visit our friends at the beach recently, and the husband of the couple was fishing. He didn’t catch anything worth keeping that day, so we did what any normal fish-less beach dwellers would do: we made shrimp on the barbie. And by that, I mean, Pete made it.

Now, Shrimp On The Barbie is a lot more fun to say than grilled shrimp, or charcoal-grilled shrimp, which is obviously what this is. But Shrimp On The Barbie is Australian for shrimp on the barbecue and sometimes, you just wanna sound fancy.

This recipe is definitely not fancy. It’s really quick and easy to whip up too.

Simple Shrimp On The Barbie

What You’ll Need:

  • Shrimp
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Raspberry vinaigrette dressing

What You’ll Do:

Heat up your charcoal grill. While that’s going on, clean your shrimp. You can devein them, peel them, pull off the heads and tails … or just leave them as is. Whatever you like.

Rinse the shrimp.

In a bowl, coat them with raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Then, dredge them in Old Bay seasoning. Toss them to combine. 

You can substitute any citrus (like lemon or lime) for the raspberry vinaigrette. What’s good about the raspberry, though, is you’ll get good pop of color on the shrimp. They’ll get pink when you cook them, but this enhances that.

Put a piece of foil on the grill, then put the shrimp on it.

Cook thoroughly, flipping as needed.

Simple Shrimp On The Barbie
  1. Shrimp
  2. Old Bay seasoning
  3. Raspberry vinaigrette dressing
  1. Heat up your charcoal grill. While that’s going on, clean your shrimp. You can devein them, peel them, pull off the heads and tails … or just leave them as is. Whatever you like.
  2. Rinse the shrimp.
  3. In a bowl, coat them with raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Then, dredge them in Old Bay seasoning. Toss them to combine.
  4. Put a piece of foil on the grill, then put the shrimp on it.
  5. Cook thoroughly, flipping as needed.
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Sweeptakes: SOUR PATCH Kids Tropical Vacation Sweepstakes

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It rained all day Sunday and Monday. And not just a little rain. It was buckets and buckets of heavy rain that had me checking flooding reports all day long. It was the kind of rain that just locks you indoors, causing you to dream about being anywhere else.

We finally have some blue skies today, so I’m heading outside to enjoy it while it is here. Just as soon as I tell you about this sweepstakes! 

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Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

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Headed to a baby shower? Check out this list of baby shower gift ideas from you have any friends who are pregnant right now? You’re probably going to be invited to a few baby showers. Oftentimes, a mom-to-be will register for items she wants and needs, but what if she doesn’t. Or what if you just feel like getting a gift for a friend who isn’t having a shower. What do you get? 

We’ve got you covered.

I put together a great list of baby shower gift ideas. Be sure to leave any ones I’ve missed in the comments.

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Diapers and wipes.
If you follow Drugstore Divas, you’ve seen us post a ton of diapers and wipes deals. I buy them often, just to have them handy. I’ll pick them up when they’re free or cheap and keep them in the closet until I need them. Babies go through a ton of diapers, more than a new mom probably expects, so it’s great to give a few boxes of diapers and baby wipes with your gift. What I’ve heard from new moms is that babies usually outgrow newborn diapers very quickly, so it’s better to buy sizes 1 and larger. I usually go with a size 1 box, if you’re curious.

Right now, you can actually print a coupon for $1 off any one Luvs diaper pack. You can also get a coupon in the April 30 paper.

I know, I know. Babies can’t read. But eventually, they will. There are some showers that request you bring a baby book instead of a card. That way, you can sign that and the baby can have a huge collection of books. Then, when the baby gets older, it’ll really be a special collection. Even if the baby shower invitation doesn’t request it, I usually try to  do it now. I really like the idea.

Baby washcloths.
When I was brainstorming for baby gift ideas a few months ago, my friend told me to get baby washcloths. She said you go through a ton of them as a mom and you don’t want to constantly do laundry just for those. She said the larger the pack, the better. There are some really cute packs out there, but I think function is most important to new moms when it comes to these.

Babies love pacifiers, and new parents do too. They are so soothing for babies … but, for some reason, they seem to get lost often. Even if these are on the registry, you might want to pick up some extras for new moms. She’ll be able to keep them everywhere — her purse, the car, every room of the house — so they are handy in case the baby spits one out and it goes missing.

Baby bibs.
Bibs are definitely something that babies need. Look for ones that are drool bibs because they’re great for when the baby is teething. The new mom won’t want to use them when the baby is feeding, but rather when she’s out and doen’t want the baby to drool all over itself and ruin its outfit. 

I love giving clothing because then I have an excuse to shop for cute baby clothes.

What baby shower gift idea is your favorite?

24 Hours In Wilmington, NC

24 Hours In Wilmington, NC

We’re kicking off a brand new series here at Drugstore Divas: “24 hours in … ” We’ll be spending 24 hours in certain cities, then giving you a game plan for when you travel there. Sometimes, all the time you have to get away is one night, so you want to make the most of it. Us too. Between work, then running a marinara sauce business and selling it at the local farmers’ market each week, we’re busy people. So I get it. If you’re like us, this is for you. We’re starting the series off with things to do in Wilmington, NC, mostly because we live here. And if you live in a city like ours, you definitely should kick off a new series with it.

Looking for things to do in Wilmington, NC? Check out this 24 Hours In Wilmington, NC post for restaurants, activities, and more.

24 Hours In Wilmington, NC

We’re starting our 24 hours off at breakfast and continuing until the next day.

Wake up and head to Ezzells Breakfast House (2115 Carolina Beach Road). Everything is good here, but I really recommend the biscuits and gravy. You might get recommendations from others who are dining there since many of Ezzells’ tables are family style — and you often sit there with strangers. That’s part of the charm, though. You end up making friendly conversation with someone you don’t know and end up making a new friend.

Head to the New Hanover County Arboretum (6206 Oleander Drive). There’s no admission fee, and if it’s free it’s for me. Especially when you’re on vacation. I want to do stuff, but I also want to eat. And if I can save money on activities, I can spend more on food. Plus, the arboretum is really beautiful. There’s a huge garden section, which grows food to be donated to a local homeless shelter, there’s a section for kids, a large zen garden, and classes too (so be sure to check the schedule before you head over).

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If it’s a Saturday from April until November, I suggest you head over to the Riverfront Farmers’ Market (Water Street). It’s open from 8am until 1pm. You can pick up local vegetables, eggs, plants, seafood, and (my personal favorite) Rita’s Wooden Spoon marinara sauce. That’s Pete’s business, so we are there each week manning the stand. Come say hi.

If you’re still at the arboretum, head across the street to have lunch at The Salt Works (6301 Oleander Drive). It’s a small, unassuming restaurant that has been around for over 30 years. It only serves breakfast and lunch, and it only accepts cash, so keep that in mind. I had a very good grilled cheese there, and the Lima bean soup is great (despite what you may think of Lima bean soup).

If you already left that portion of Wilmington, check out Jax 5th Avenue Deli & Ale House (5046 New Center Drive). It’s an old diner (I like to think of it as an oversized Airstream) that serves really good deli sandwiches and a huge variety of beer.

If you’re with kids, we absolutely love the Children’s Museum of Wilmington (116 Orange Street). There’s so much for kids to see there (like a teddy bear hospital, a really fun outdoors area, and (our favorite) an amazing fabric tree to climb on). We actually go once a year when the museum closes down, opens for ages 21-plus, and hosts Pizza Putt. For one night, there’s mini golf, pizza, and beer set up throughout the museum. It’s so much fun.

For the kid in you, you can go bowling at Ten Pin Alley (127 S. College Road). We got there every year to celebrate Pete’s birthday. It was redone recently. Before that, it may have looked familiar to you because HBO filmed Eastbound & Down there.

Actually, a ton of shows were filmed in Wilmington, so you can put together a walking tour of your favorite shows, especially if you loved One Tree Hill. There are a ton of One Tree Hill landmarks in town still. And if you loved Dawson’s Creek, you can find a lot of familiar spots as well.

Front Street Brewery (9 N. Front Street) is the oldest brewery in Wilmington. We have a ton now, but only the original gives free brewery tours daily. There’s a tour at 3:15 and another at 4:15. You’ll learn about the process, then get a chance to try a few samples too. If you find a favorite, you can have a pint at the bar and snack on some appetizers. Personally, I’m a big fan of their fried pickles and beer nuggets. They also sell a mug of bacon … in case you’re a bacon fan.

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Head down on Water Street to walk the riverwalk (and get a great view of the USS North Carolina, a World War II warship), then hop one block up to head into Orton’s Pool Room (133 N. Front Street). It’s America’s oldest billiards and pool hall. Depending on the day you’re in town, you could play for free (Sunday till Tuesday) or just pay $7 an hour per table. Or, you could just get a drink and hang out.

If you’re not hungry yet, I have the best coffee shop for you: Bespoke Coffee & Dry Goods  (202 Princess Street). We love this place. It serves great coffee, draft and bottled beer, plus has cookies, pastries, succulents, and some clothig items available for sale too. I like coffee, but don’t drink beer, and Pete drinks both, so we always dreamed of finding a coffee shop that serves beer. Bespoke is exactly that.

My favorite place to eat downtown is Copper Penny (109 Chestnut Street). It’s pub grub done really well. I love the French onion soup there. Pair it with the spinach salad and you’ll have a happy stomach.

If you want seafood (and you probably do since you’re hanging out in a coastal city), go to Dock Street Oyster Bar (12 Dock Street), which has won “Best Oysters” for the last 15 years. Split the Dock Street Steamer Platter with a friend. Trust me.

If you’re feeling romantic, The Little Dipper (138 S. Front Street) is a local fondue restaurant. It’s also where Pete and I got engaged, so it holds a really special place in my heart.

There are a few local restaurants that offer certificates on If you can purchase a few ahead of your trip, you’ll be able to save on your meals when you get here. Plus, it’ll help you from having to walk around and decide where to eat.

Now it’s time for late night. Depending on the day and season, you have a ton of options. Front Street, as you may have realized, is full of bars. You can spend time in any of them and have a good time. If you’re looking for something with a little more activity, our favorite ideas are:

Tuesday: Comedy Bingo at Dead Crow Comedy Room (265 N. Front Street). You can get $2 tacos, $2 shots, $2 beers … and a free comedy show. You get a bingo card with words on it. Then, two or three comics perform. You mark down any words they say that are on your bingo cards. And if you get bingo, you can win prizes at the end of the night, like tickets to comedy shows, t-shirts, and gag gifts.

Friday: If you’re in town from about Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, you can check out Downtown Sundown, a free concert on the water (Water Street, between Princess and Market Streets). A local band performs from 6pm to about 7:30pm, then a nationally touring cover band takes the stage from 8pm to 10pm. What’s very cool is that you are able to drink beer and wine outdoors in that area, so it makes for a fun activity.

If you like music, there are a bunch of music venues that get big names. Check out The Throne Theater (208 Market Street) and Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (1941 Amphitheater Drive). You can also see some great performances at the Kenan Auditorium at UNCW (601 S. College Road). If you’re into theater, you can catch fantastic shows at Thalian Hall (310 Chestnut Street) too.

And if you just want to barhop, there are tons of bars downtown for you to do just that.

Looking for a great hotel in Wilmington, NC? The TownePlace Suites Marriott is for you.

We recommend you stay the TownePlace Suites Marriott (305 Eastwood Road). This is the hotel we blocked for our wedding guests used when we got married. It has a BBQ outside (which we used), plus twice a week, there is food catered by a nearby restaurant and beer and water provided, free for hotel guests.

Definitely book through a cash back site like eBates or TopCashBack. I always go to those before booking any hotel (or car rental) because you can get a percentage back. And every little bit of savings helps.

You’re heading out, and there’s just enough time for one more breakfast. Good thing you can get that free at the TownePlace Suites Marriott before you check out. My mom was a huge fan of the pancake maker when she stayed there during our wedding week, so try that before you hit the road.

*If you’re planning a trip, be sure to click each location’s name to be brought to their website. You can find operating hours and more that way.