"Today all of these mysteries have lost their force; their symbols no longer interest our psyche." Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces
The modern age provides anti-heroes and celebrities, but not heroes of the caliber that Boorman depicts: redeemers, who not only fight for good, but for the existence of goodness. These mythological archetypes depict the struggle of order against chaos and civilization against savagery.
The King Arthur Legend originated around the 5th/6th centuries. Like Robin Hood, there is no definitive version, though each contain common patterns that capture the rites of passage that universally define life's hopes, struggles and triumphs through the ages.
Boorman’s Excalibur was developed after his attempt at a live-action Lord of the…