Writer-director Joe Cornish’s family-friendly fantasy film puts a contemporary spin on the legend of King Arthur. An unexceptional English boy (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) pulls Excalibur from a rock and is informed by Merlin (Angus Imrie and Patrick Stewart) that he is destined to lead the charge against evil medieval enchantress Morgana le Fay’s attempt to conquer the world.~Augustine Chay
This fits with Goonies as a movie that is bringing to life what kids see in their imaginations as they play in the woods, this one just so happens to be steeped in Arthurian legend and it does it really well.
The real standout here is teen Merlin who is fricken hilarious and grows up to be Sir Patrick Stewart. It is the performance that really carries the film. The other kids are good but he is great.
The music is fitting, the scenery is gorgeous, and the creature designs on the skeleton knights is pretty awesome and their fire flexes the HDR the most of anything in the film.
Complaints are minor, mostly that it feels a bit long, but there really isn't more than 5 minutes to cut. I have seen talk about it having a false or early ending that could have served as the finale, though it really could not as the entire movie was setting up the ending we got and we needed the earlier beat to get there properly and to carry a large part of the moral about honesty.
The Kid Who Would Be King is a really enjoyable ride and plays perfectly to my love of adventures with young protagonists. Very much worth watching and I love the sheer optimism and lack of cynicism, not used to that in movies now days.
Read the movie line and thought it would be a great gift.
Birthday boy enjoyed it. Thank you.
Also, great purchase price.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great movie for kids.
Owned for 3 months when reviewed.
Trying to take up old literary ideas such as King Arther can be challenging. However, I really enjoyed the how this movie depicted the usual charachters in new ways and provided a new take on King Aurther himself.