Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Overlooked Movies: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

Yet another movie I’d never heard of that turns out to be pretty good. THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING is a fantasy adventure about a 12-year-old British schoolboy who winds up pulling Excalibur from a stone (in an abandoned building site) and has to deal with the threat of Morgana returning from the banishment where Merlin trapped her centuries earlier. There’s some school/bullying/absent father/coming of age stuff to go along with the magical action. Oh, and Merlin’s still around, sometimes in the guise of Patrick Stewart (the only actor I recognized in this movie) and sometimes in a comical younger version played by Angus Imrie. The young star, Louis Ashbourne Serkis, is the son of the great character actor Andy Serkis and does a good job. The script’s funny in places, poignant where it needs to be, and the action scenes and special effects are okay. I enjoyed this one and think it’s well worth watching.

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