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
When introducing himself to the class, young Merlin gives his name as "Mertin Ambrosius Caledonensis". The first name is, of course, a sly play on "Merlin" he made up on the spot, but other two names are derived from names used to refer to the wizard Merlin in the legend of King Arthur and stories that inspired the character. Merlinus Caledonensis is another name for the Welsh folk character Myrddin Wyllt (the name means "of town of Carmarthen", a place in South Wales,) while Merlin Ambrosius is the given name of the Merlin character in the original Arthurian story Historia Regum Britanniae by Geoffrey of Monmouth. See more »
Merlin's Led Zeppelin shirt continuously changes between gray and black between shots at different points of the movie. Edit: This is an intentional choice as it goes from dark gray to light gray depending on Merlin's age; when he looks younger (while being older) the shirt is darker because it has faded as the shirt is old. When Merlin looks older (while actually being younger) the shirt is bright gray because it's newer and hasn't faded with time. This is because Merlin ages in reverse and the clothing represents that visually. It is not a continuity error. See more »
Pay attention, everybody - we have a new pupil joining the class today. Why don't you introduce yourself?
Greetings, young academicians, my name is... Mertin. Yes, that's right, Mertin Ambrosius Caledonensis, and I am a perfectly normal, contemporary British school boy.
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The Land of Make Believe
Written by Andy Hill and Pete Sinfield (as Peter Sinfield)
Performed by Bucks Fizz
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd
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Just because we've, essentially, seen it before doesn't mean it isn't good.
Let's be honest, we've all seen 'The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)' before. It's a kid-friendly, modern-day reimagining of an old legend entered around a 'chosen one' narrative and an ensemble of single-trait characters. That doesn't mean that it's without its merits, though. It may occupy a well-worn genre but it occupies it well, comfortably conforming to - and occasionally contorting - the conventions it knows so keenly. It also has a good amount of edge, self-censoring only through its central conceits, and, as such, it feels much closer to the fondly-remembered 'kid' films of yesteryear than most of the stuff being pumped out today (and not just because it's live-action). This actually makes it feel incredibly authentic as each moment seems to serve the story. Whether it's scary, funny, heartfelt or just plain action-packed, the flick always makes a point of staying true to itself, having an excellent understanding of its target audience in the process. Of course, this means that much of the piece is painted in pretty broad strokes. The humour is never really successful and the character-work is all incredibly basic. Still, it's appreciated. By the time the finale rolls around, you'll be invested in the characters and will actively want to see them succeed. Speaking of the finale, it's probably the best part; it's exciting, well-staged and uniquely large-scale. Unfortunately, it's preceded by a pace-killing 'fake-out' that's not only obvious but also just far too long. Without it, I feel the picture would have moved much more smoothly into its final movement and, generally, been all the more successful. It doesn't destroy the experience, though. Overall, the movie is a fun and well-executed entry into a widely-seen genre. It's, essentially, as predictable as it is enjoyable. It's not groundbreaking, nor extremely engaging, but it's entertaining enough to be worth a watch, especially - I suppose - if you aren't as familiar with its framework as I am. 6/10
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