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The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

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A band of kids embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace.

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Joe Cornish

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Joe Cornish
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Ferguson ... Morgana
Tom Taylor ... Lance
Patrick Stewart ... Merlin
Rhianna Dorris Rhianna Dorris ... Kaye
Dean Chaumoo Dean Chaumoo ... Bedders
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Alex
Denise Gough ... Mother
Angus Imrie ... Young Merlin
Skye Sammarchi Skye Sammarchi ... Student Fighter
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett ... Mr. Kepler
Connor Wolf Connor Wolf ... Student Fighter
Amir Wilson ... Boy
Jag Patel ... Office Worker Passerby
Nick Mohammed ... Mr. Boyle
Louis Martin ... Off-licence Employee
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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 Merlin (Sir Patrick Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be. Written by https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-kid-who-would-be-king

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An army to fight. A demon to slay. A world to save. No pressure. See more »


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Rated PG for fantasy action violence, scary images, thematic elements including some bullying, and language | See all certifications »
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25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Director Joe Cornish has said that the film's title is a playful reference to the title of The Man Who Would Be King (1975). See more »

Quotes

Alex: [examining Excalibur] There's something written on the guard. Put it into Google Translate.
Bedders: It means "Sword of Arthur". What if it's the Sword in the Stone?
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Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Bambi Time in Jail (2018) See more »

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A joyful British Arthurian romp
21 January 2019 | by TrevorHickmanSee all my reviews

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 magic

Time Bandits had Sean Connery, The Kid Who Would 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.


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