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Plot: Old school magic meets the modern world in this epic adventure. Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical sword in the stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard… Runtime: 120 min Release Date: 25 Jan 2019
Heartwarming Film About How Anyone Can be A King (by rannynm)
The Kid Who Would Be King is a heartwarming film about a boy named Alexander who finds out that he is the future king of Britain. Now he, his friends and his enemies, must embark on a quest to defeat a wicked enchantress named Morgana Rebecca Ferguson before the end of a solar eclipse. This film is based on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, including the legend of the magical sword, Excalibur. At night, everyone disappears from the world except for Alex and anyone he has knighted. This way they can take whatever they want and try to defeat all of Morgana's <more>
minions. When they are all gone, Alex and his knights stay where they are and everything else returns to normal.There are lots of cool scenes in this film that involve exciting sword battles. In my interview with Patrick Stewart Merlin , Rhianna Dorris Kaye and Louis Ashbourne Serkis Alex , I learned that the cast used real swords to train with to learn the real feel and heaviness of medieval swords and armor. However, in the actual film they used realistic plastic swords, because otherwise it would be too dangerous.My favorite character in this film is Merlin Angus Imrie/Patrick Stewart . He is serious and gets things done most of the time, but he also does a lot of funny and cool things that are really appealing to watch. For example, when he does his magic, all the stuff around him is flying through the air and all the lights are flickering. That is a really interesting effect.My favorite scene is when Alexander and a few of his knights are rushing through the woods on horses, while trying to defeat a large army of fire monsters on fire breathing horses who are trying to take Excalibur away from them. This scene is very exciting and has a few funny parts in it too.The message of this film is that anyone can be a king; you just need to have a good heart and follow the knight's code which says that you must "honor those you love, refrain from wanton offence, speak the truth at all times and persevere in any enterprise until the end."I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18, because it is a good combination of an action movie and a heartwarming storyline that gives it a great message. I think adults will enjoy watching this with their kids.Reviewed by Damon F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth, visit kdisfirst dot org.
I am bewildered at how amazing this movie is. It perfectly captures the fantasy genre in a way I find to be better than fantasy giants such as The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, or the Chronicles of Narnia. It captures the whimsy of the story of King Arthur perfectly, and is movie of the year if not movie of the decade. 100/100
Fun Arthurian Adventure (by theatremarine)
As a proud King Arthur fan...since I saw The Sword in the Stone and a truly breathtaking trip to King Arthur's birthplace at Tintagel, Cornwall...I can truly say I LOVED this movie and will be getting the DVD when available! The cast is amazing...and the added bonus of Sir Patrick Stewart as Merlin WOW !!! The locations are superb..extra bonus are the scenes filmed in Cornwall, as always breathtakingly stunning. The darker characters ie: Morgana and her minions might give a fright to younger kids. You can see that everyone is having a great time in this movie. Not a weak link in the <more>
A joyful British Arthurian romp (by TrevorHickman)
I didn't know if it were possible to get kids' films like this anymore. It was great fun from start to finish, it's possibly about 15 minutes too long the middle section drags a tiny bit , but it's so enjoyable and there are excellent quips throughout. My kids went away quoting the jokes from the film, and that must be a good sign.I read another review that director Joe Cornish was a big fan of Time Bandits Terry Gilliam's 1981 fantasy movie. Both have strong leads, slightly oblique plots, together with wizardry and magicTime Bandits had Sean Connery, The Kid Who Would <more>
Be King has Patrick Stewart who puts in a sterling alternating performance with Angus Imrie as Merlin.Louis Ashbourne Serkis is fabulous as Alex the main protagonist. He's got an acting pedigree both his parents, Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne are excellent actors. His Dad is best known for his portrayal of Gollum...fancy having a Dad who was Gollum?!Anyway, TKWWBK is terrific. As a teenager I loved Excalibur but it's too long and dark for my 10 and 11 year olds. This was a perfect antidote. Arthurian Legend and heraldry but without too much bloodthirstiness.Go and see it, it's the best film whether aimed at children or adults I've seen for months and months.
This is a kid's movie. it doesn't pretend to be anything else, and it delivers where most kid's movies pull up short. The plot keeps a good pace, the acting isn't dumbed down, the script is good, there is enough humour to entertain, it shouldn't offend the Arthurians, the opponents are scary enough and the moral of the movie is there but not OTT. An A- production where typically these movies are C+ or C-
Fun and entertaining, i recommend for everyone (by mlbselect)
My fiance and I are older but went to this movie because I love the story of King Arthur. My fiance was not initially thrilled but he ended up thoroughly enjoying the movie. It was creative, heart warming and fun. Thank you for something different and wonderful!!!
Joyous English fantasy for the right age kids (by Billius44)
My 11yo absolutely loved this movie, as did I. Pretty sure my 14yo would find it boring and lame.....Joe Cornish has captured the spirit of classic English 20thC fantasy Narnia, Bedknobs+Broomsticks, Dark Is Rising etc wonderfully, and brought it into the modern era. It's by no means perfect, but if you just suspend your disbelief willingly this film has enormous charm, excitement, magic and humour. Could the kids really train to take on an army of undead warriors that quickly?? No, of course not. Now shut up, hold your child's hand and Eat Your Popcorn ,Nice to see Tintagel again, <more>
although the scenes shot in North Cornwall were over too quickly for me.
It was so good that damn screaming toddler couldn't ruin it. (by pmtelefon)
But that kid tried his best. He didn't stop acting up the entire movie, including the trailers. It's outrageous that anyone would bring a child that age to any movie let alone a movie like this. When I said something to the mother at the end of the movie, she said nothing and gave me a stupid smile. Do you think the message of "The Kid Who Would Be King" sank into her thick head? Do you think all of the talk about selflessness got through to her ? I doubt it. Anyway, the movie is a lot of fun. The story, acting and special effects were all solid. If I was twelve years old, <more>
Kid's movies are a mixed bag of tricks depending on the studio behind it. Without major studios, the films often take a stray to gimmicks that parents roll their eyes at, while kids squeal in delight. Today, another studio tries to hit the box office big time before the big budget films take reign. As such, I'm here to give thought once more on the latest film to hit the silver screen. Robbie K here reviewing;Movie: The Kid Who Would Be King 2019 Director: Joe Cornish Writer: Joe Cornish Stars: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Denise Gough, Dean Chaumoo LIKES:Acting Merlin Funny Blending <more>
Action BalanceSUMMARY: Kids movies with a young cast sometimes lose balance, but this cast does a nice job reigning in the antics, but capturing the magic of being a kid. The young band of modern nights have a direction of portraying bullying, helping to bring relevant issues to light and bringing the suffering to realistic levels. And while these characters are rather well curtailed, it is the young Merlin accompanying them that impressed me the most. This new take on Merlin brings comedy, nobility, teaching, and a new flair to the legendary figure that works well for the feel of this movie. Utilizing the magic of Patrick Stewart for the adult figurehead, the merlin role's direction was quite fun to watch in his integration. Yet, the true success of this film comes from the blending of the attributes that the trailers portrayed for so many commercials. The Kid Who Would Be King is funny a blend of kid humor with some wit that makes it fun for both young and old. Blending the modern and the archaic worlds together is an interesting spin that really worked for me. Seeing the various medieval references transitioned to modern Britain was an entertaining craftmanship that should again appeal to many. The adventure crafted ran at a good pace and managed to make an age appropriate tale. For the action scenes, this king's adventure surprisingly does this well, finding again the balance to make exciting sequences against the CGI figures, but not crossing into super violent or dark skirmishes that can lead to parents complaining of inappropriate scenes. If you've read this you know this, the movie has surprising balance to it, making a rather good go for a non-Disney film.DISLIKES:Predictable Morgana's under utilization A few antics overdone The Suspense of Reality SUMMARY:The movie may have creativity, balance, and decent acting, but it still struggles with surprises. This quest for Camelot has a predictable tale, foreshadowing the surprises far down the road and bringing with it lackluster twists they tried so hard to do. While kids will be wowed and potentially fooled, older adults don't have much to be shocked by, and can instead be gauging if the scene will scare their little ones. Even sadder is the main villain's semi-integration to the film. While she had her say in things, I felt more could have been done to bring the witch to full glory and malice. It could have been better inclusion into the battles, or more watching and development during her exile, but Morgana's a villain could have used some more magic to become the central antagonist, as opposed to who took that center stage. Instead the kid friendly elements of funny antics took center stage for much of the movie. While I agree there is balance, this quest still succumbs to some antics being used too much for the older audiences. The fun hand antics and running jokes are cute and well timed, but it's a little overdone and susceptible to being the next focus of the meme revolution. Small dislike as it is, this slight limitation added some unnecessary length and turned away from some of the storytelling elements they were starting to pick up on. Yet the biggest thing that was distracting for an older reviewer like me was the suspense of reality. In fantasy, I get that rules don't always apply, but this journey established realistic physics into the mix and started breaking its own rules. It's mainly in the final moments of the movie, but this particular physics defying roles get a little cheesy for the older audience, though it can all be written off by use of magic allowing this to happen and kids won't care. Yet, while this is picky, it's this component that sort of takes away from the suspense of the fight for me, but again I'm not the key audience. THE VERDICT:The Kid Who Would Be King is truly a fun film, that holds magic and wonder for those interested in the modernization of King Arthur's tale. The quest contains fun, action, and heart that can touch a lot of members in the audience in surprising ways. Yet, it's not the most original tale, doesn't follow its own rules, can't shake the predictability, and doesn't quite have the full magic that Merlin wanted to conjure up. Still, the film succeeded in being fun, is age appropriate across most fields, and contains enough movie magic to warrant a trip to the theater.My scores are:Adventure/Family/Fantasy: 7.5-8.0 Movie Overall: 6.5