Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Kid who would be King

By Brett Haynes 12/02/19

Score: 7.5/10

Its always good this time of year to talk about something that isn’t being talked about like some kind of masterpiece. The Kid who would be King is a modern retelling of the classic King Arthur story that is creative and even suspenseful at times.

Our main character is Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis), a young man who is dealing with being one of the bully’s favorite targets while also dealing with the absence of a father he never knew. When he comes to the rescue of his best friend Bedders (Dean Chaumoo) from schoolyard bullies Lance (Tom Taylor) and Kaye (Rhianna Dorris), they chase him into a construction site where he comes across Excalibur.

After pulling sword from stone, Alex is soon approached by Merlin (Angus Imrie) who disguises himself as an awkward new student. Merlin (whose old form is played by Patrick Stewart) reveals to Alex that he only has 4 days to destroy Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) before she raises her undead army and takes over the Earth.

Now Alex is forced to team up with his enemies and create a new knights of the round table in order to defeat this threat and save humanity. The Kid who would be King works for the most part because of the main core of young actors. All four work off each other quite well while they all get a decent amount of development throughout (especially Taylor Lance and Serkis Alex). Then there is Angus Imrie take on Merlin, which provides a lot of the comic relief moments throughout this film. Throw in old timers Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson and this is a fairly solid cast.

Effects wise, they do manage to create some pretty creepy imagery with Morgana undead army that may frighten some smaller children. While their image is terrifying, don’t expect them to do anything terrifying. They are family movie cronies so the way they are taken out is quite laughable at times.

This leads me to one of my biggest complaints with this film and that’s its villain. Ferguson Morgana is completely underused, left underground while her CGI henchmen do all the work. When she does appear at the end, it’s an impressive scene turning into a giant dragon Sleeping Beauty style. It’s also hard to feel any sense of weight, as this is a kids film and not Game of Thrones. We know they are all going to get out all right. Saying that Kid does have its fair share of strong emotional moments, which work because of the cast.

Overall The Kid who would be King is a fun little fantasy film that will keep kids entertained. The acting is solid all round while the effects for the most part work. It has plenty of heart and spirit making this the best King Arthur film in some time.

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