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January 30, 2019

The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) --- "Evil Get's Schooled."

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     Written and directed by Joe Cornish (Ant-Man, Attack the Block), The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) is a heartwarming fantasy film that follows Alexander (Louis Ashbourne Serkis), a 12-year old kid who one day stumbles upon the legendary sword, Excalibur. After freeing the sword from the stone and with the guidance of Merlin (Angus Imrie/Patrick Stewart), Alex enlists the help of an unlikely trio to embark on a quest to defeat the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson), who seeks to poses the sword and destroy the world, before the end of the solar eclipse. Will Alex and his knights stop Morgana before it's too late? Or will the world face her destruction?

     The success of kid films is primarily dependent upon the studio behind them. Without major studios backing them, kid films tend to be corny and gimmicky to adults, while little kids squeal in delight. Today, an un-familiar studio tries to make it big time at the box office before the big-budget films like How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2019), Alita: Battle Angel (2019), and Captain Marvel (2019) have a chance to steal the spotlight and overshadow this film. With January almost over, I am surprised to say that I’ve enjoyed most of the films that have been released this month, and The Kid Who Would Be King is one of them.
     The story is heartwarming as it blends a medieval legend from an archaic world with the modern world. This blend provides an interesting take on the famous legend of King Arthur and Excalibur with various medieval references being transitioned to modern Britain made things entertaining and humorous. The story is also a nice blend of kid humor and mature wit that appeals to both kids and adults. There is a new take on the character of Merlin and this time it adds a new and comedic new flair to the legendary figure, which works well for this film.
     The cast of characters was great. Sometimes a kids film with a young main cast ends straying towards annoying and gimmicky but fortunately, this cast does nicely well. They capture the magic of being a kid, while also reigning a lot of the childish antics.  Louis Ashbourne Serkis (Alice Through the Looking Glass, Mowgli a Netflix film) was perfect as the main protagonist, Alex. He’s got some skills as an actor, which is not surprising considering who his parents are: his dad is Andy Serkis, who plays Gollum in Lord of the Rings and Caesar in the recent Planet of the Apes, while his mom is Lorraine Ashbourne (Playing the Field, Child 44). Angus Imrie (Father Brown, The Spanish Princess, Kingdom) and Patrick Stewart (X-Men) as Merlin was genius. They were both incredibly funny with a medieval character who would be way out of his element in the modern world. Imrie was by far the best out of the two, more so when he was given outrageous and too small costumes. The rest of the cast are great in their respective roles, and while Rebecca Ferguson (The Man in the High Castle) was good she was underutilized.

      Overall, The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) is a heartwarming and funny fantasy film that the whole family will enjoy. Although, don’t expect anything more than what the trailers promised. The story follows at a nice pace and is filled with humor that will appeal to kids but won’t feel like annoying gimmicks to adults. The cast of characters did great, especially Imrie and Stewart as Merlin. I recommend this film

Final Vote --- 7 of 10 stars

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