I received a complimentary. media pass to preview this movie. All opinions are my own.
What would happen if a boy who was constantly bullied at school, accidentally found and removed Excalibur, and then had to convince his friends, enemies, and mum that he hadn’t lost his marbles — and do it before the impending end of the world? Mmmm, a lot. Thats a big to do list!
Spoiler alert: It would not go well. Because, I mean, let’s get serious. King Arthur is a great story but it doesn’t fit neatly within 2019 humanity. If my girl told me that she had to save the world because she had discovered AND removed THE sword from the stone and there were knights from the underworld chasing her, I’d be bundling her up, taking her to the ER and having her head examined for what surely must be a concussion.
The premise makes for a great story though, and I’d recommend it for some much needed winter doldrums-busting fun.
The Kid Who Would Be King – opening in theaters everywhere on January 25, 2019!
5 Things you should know about The Kid Who Would Be King:
- It’s a little of what you expect, but not. I went to the movie slightly “meh” about it only because I thought the story-line would be predictable. I won’t say that you can’t guess the end of the movie, but I will say the ride was a lot of fun. I laughed a lot, was surprised a couple of times, and was totally into the visual effects. On the flip side, my girl was super excited to see this so I think the story really spoke to her — it did not disappoint. Ultimately, we both gave it a hearty thumbs up. Put it another way, I’m not one to watch movies more than once, but this one I’d willingly watch on repeat.
- Young Merlin makes the movie. Played by Angus Imrie, young Merlin is just a quirky delight to watch. His infectious sleight of hand choreography will be mimicked ad nauseam by your kids long after they leave the theater. And you’ll be better for it because, giggles. Lots of giggles.
- Your kids may ask about sword-fighting or fencing lessons after watching it. No, they are not Olympic-bound characters in the film, but there’s sword-play a go-go and they fight to save the world in a way that would make even Kevin McCallister from the movie Home Alone smile. Their ingenuity and swashbuckling skills are captivating to watch. (And quite possibly are good exercise! Note to self: check out a local studio for sessions. Second note to self: I hear there are loads of athletic scholarships for fencing…)
- It’ll make you want to move to Britain, and question their parenting. Kids in the UK-set movie seem to cross town to their private school in public transportation. They stay out past dark without checking in. The kids’ independence in the movie would give most suburban American mothers Zanex-level anxiety, but the British accents melt all that crazy away. I mean, everything with a Brit accent is flat out enchanting from our vantage point across the pond, right?
- It’s probably not great for the little-littles for a couple of reasons. One, it’s long. A full two-hours of no squirming time. Two, it can be a bit intense. When we left the preview, I scanned the crowd to see how young the kids in attendance were. I certainly saw kids 5 and under in the theater, but IMO, I really think this is more suited for 8+, depending on the kid. The graphics are amazing, which means the undead are pretty convincing. I kept checking to see if my 10 yo was scared — she wasn’t. She was transfixed. I found myself hoping to see it next in 3D.
All in all, this is a fun family movie that I predict, will become a favorite flick that your kids remember long after they’ve grown..
the Guide for Young Knights is now available!
A great movie prep: The Guide for Young Knights features The Knights Code, activities and more. Be sure to share this with your knights-in-training to ensure they’re ready for an epic adventure and can earn their seat at King Arthur’s Round Table!
The Kid Who Would Be King – Written and directed by Joe Cornish; Produced by Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner; Cast: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, Patrick Stewart, and Rebecca Ferguson