By Stacy Bauer & Dax Hughes
Jimplecute Movie Reviewers
4 out of 5 Popcorns
We have another legendary King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, though with a modern-day twist.
The children are the key characters and heroes. Written and directed by Joe Cornish, it’s his second film (the original being the sci-fi debut Attack the Block), and he does a smart job.
Twelve-year-old Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) happens upon a stuck sword (is it Excalibur?) at a construction site. As any curious kid would do, he investigates and is the only child able to release it from its stony grip. This makes him king, though he doesn’t yet know it.
He and his trusty sidekick, Bedders (Dean Chaumoo), are thick as thieves (the “good guy” kind), much in the way Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Frodo and Sam, and peanut butter and jelly all are inseparable.
They encourage one another with devoted friendship and undying loyalty, which is exactly the foundation one would need to fight an army of the undead, led by the wickedly witchy enchantress, Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson), who is intent on destroying the modern world as we know it.
More immediate conflict is found in the school bully duo, Lance (Tom Taylor) and Kaye (Rhianna Dorris). Eventually Alex and Bedders are able to win even them over in their worthy plight to save the world from doom. The band of knights sets out on its perilous journey.
Merlin is along for every step and wing-flap, and mentors in the way only an ancient and mysterious wizard can, assisting the unlikely crew to victory. Patrick Stewart plays the older wizard, and the younger, portrayed by Angus Imrie, steals every scene he is in, with that impish grin and unconventional style.
He immediately became my favorite character in the film. It is maybe 30 minutes too long. At one point, we think the enemy is already defeated, when actually, battle 2.0 is just around the corner. In the end, we have a fun movie overall, a few cheesy laughs to go around, and redeeming in its lesson of believing in more than you think you can be.
Round that out with having faith, perseverance, and friendship along the way, and you’ve got a mythical legend come to life on the screen.
‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ is rated PG and runs 120 minutes.
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