I was not a fan of the promotional material for this movie. I was not looking forward to it. However, this is another example of the promotional material (specifically the trailer) not doing a film a favor. I truly enjoyed this movie.
The Kid Who Would Be King was considerably better than I thought it would be.
Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) was your typical kid, bullied and put upon, living with his mother and not knowing anything about his father. After standing up for his friend Bedders (Dean Chaumoo) against two of the baddest school bullies, Lance (Tom Taylor) and Kaye (Rhianna Dorris), Alex was chased into a construction site. After escaping from the bullies, Alex discovered a sword stuck in a stone. He pulled the sword out and started everything happening.
Little did he expect that this sword was the actual Excalibur of King Arthur and that Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) was preparing to return to take over Britain. Merlin (Angus Imrie/Patrick Stewart) arrived to try and mentor the young Alex in what he needed to do to prevent Morgana from returning.
This movie was considerably more emotionally poignant than I ever thought it would be. It seemed as if it were going to be a childish action film that you would need to be 12 to enjoy. However, there was much more heft to the film than expected. The characters were real and had real arcs. The story had some great beats to it and I liked the way it developed.
Now, I tell you, that the finale was a bit too much for my taste… stretching credibility too much, bu tit did not ruin what had come before it or what would come after.
The kids were all solid and did a great job acting. It was awesome to see Patrick Stewart once again too. This was one of the best versions of King Arthur’s legends in quite a while. There was a magic to the movie. It reminded me a bit of Harry Potter. It was not quite that level, but it was very enjoyable.