There isn’t much that hasn’t been done with the King Arthur myths. From cartoons to films and television shows, the Arthurian myths have become a pop culture institution. Finding a new perspective on them has been fairly difficult over the past several decades; we’ve seen enough films with Arthur the king that there isn’t any new ground to explore.
We’ve seen so much done with the Arthurian mythos that finding a new vantage point is a must. The Kid Who Would Be King brings a new perspective as it imagines Excalbur and the Arthurian knights through the vantage point of a child (Louis Ashbourne Serkis). He’s a descendant of Arthur and comes upon Excalibur, stuck in a stone, as he runs away from bullies.
He pulls the sword out and embarks on the hero’s journey as he has to take on the apocalypse.
It’s an interesting take, as Alex has to become a hero of Arthurian legend, but it’s strictly a children’s film. It’s aimed there and any adult won’t get nearly as much out of it as a child could. If you need something to occupy a child’s time, this is a solid two hours worth of distraction.
There’s a number of solid extras, as well as the usual deleted scenes and such.
20th Century Fox presents The Kid Who Would Be King. Written and Directed by Joe Cornish. Starring Louis Ashboure Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart. Run Time: 124 minutes Rated PG. Released on DVD:
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