Alex, (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) a 12 year old boy from contemporary London, England, is an average kid who is living with his single mom, (Denise Gough) and just trying to get through another school day without getting him and his best friend, Bedder (Dean Chaumoo) beleaguered by the school bullies. It’s like any other school day, but he grows tired of it and his mother won’t give up barraging him with words of encouragement that he is special. He doubts her and does not believe that his young life will ever amount to anything – that is until one day after being chased – his whole world becomes complicated. In an accidental stumble he falls into a scene that you would find in a book from the story of King Arthur and the Excalibur. Which is very coincidental since his mother or was it his absent father who gave him this book when he was young and wrote in it – that he would be a King someday.
Alex finds his life changing drastically when two of his worst school mates, Lance (Tom Taylor) and Kaye (Rhianna Dorris) chase him into a deserted and demolished building complex to rough him up. Leaving him there injured, he wakes up in the evening only to find a large sword sticking out of a cement rock. Pulling the gigantic sword out, he realizes that this is not just any old sword, but an ancient sword with letters written in Latin. The sword glows and it illuminates with some kind of mythical powers. Taking it home, he soon finds out that the sword summons some sort of creepy demons and that strange things start to happen all around him. He now realizes that his whole world is about to change.
In the morning he confronts Bedder with these new findings and Bedder is intrigued and insists that they need to indulge in finding out more. They dig up the book his mother gave him and decide that there is something to this sword that he has found. While in school, a new student appears, young Merlin (Angu Imrie) who mysteriously can transform himself between 3 different life forms: a young Merlin, an owl and an Old Merlin. The young version of Merlin (who is a sorcerer) has the ability to snap his fingers, clap his hands and hex his victims into a magical trance. Once young Merlin gets the attention of Alex, Bedder, Tom and Kaye, young Merlin convinces them that they must form a team – the knights of the round table to battle the evil of treacherous Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson), the half-sister of King Arthur. Morgana lives beneath the earth’s crust and is allowed to leave her resting place on the first solar eclipse and has the overwhelming desire to rule the world. Her persona, a horrible creature wants nothing more than to create an evil empire.
Not all of them at the knights of the round table are in complete agreement of who should be the king, but they all decide that someone has to save their world, so they take the book that was given to Alex and head off to defeat Morgana before the solar eclipse gives her the power to rule – which is only in 4 days. Merlin states that he will guide them through their plans, but he does have a few limitations with some of his powers and lets them know it. The young band of Knightly Knights, who appear more like the gang from the “Goonies”, head out to overpower their bewitched adversaries and learn the skills of wielding a sword to battle the fiery horsemen.
This movie is especially geared to the very young as it is very easy to follow and I found that there is not anything too frightening to keep you up at night. There is a code of chivalry mentioned several times, that the knights have to learn to follow in order to succeed with their plans. This story adds an exotic flavor of what is happening in modern times and mixes it with the lessons that we have learned from the challenges of ancient times and through the myths of scary sorcery. The Old Merlin (Patrick Stewart) states in an important scene that legends of the past are always filtered by unreliable story tellers…sound familiar? Is this happening in our times? What is the truth? Alex and his mother, promise to tell the truth for now on – telling us all how important it is. It is very challenging times – and the moral is to persevere kindness and overcome the people who want to take advantage of those who cannot protect themselves. “Goodness” and “Truth” must unite together – and all may win! This movie has a diverse cast with subliminal messages. It’s a reminder that there are some sweet hidden gems in these children’s stories – much like the “Goonies” meet “The Hobbit” in King Arthur’s world.
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Cast: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart, Dean Chaumoo, Denise Gough, Angu Imrie, Rhianna Dorris
Director: Joe Comish
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Run Time: 132 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family
SYNOPSIS: Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex (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 (Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.
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Keely Smith-Wallace| Writing Contributor
B.A | Communications | University of Pittsburgh
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