The Kid Who Would Be King

The Kid Who Would Be King

DVD - 2019
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Alex believes he is just another nobody until he stumbles upon Excalibur, the mythical sword in the stone. He unites the wizard Merlin, his enemies, and his friends to take on Morgana, the enchantress.
Audience: PG
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc.,, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD Family KID
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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May 01, 2020

Pretty bad, took itself wayyy too seriously, but could've made a great comedy? Like how is everyone not laughing at that snappy/clapping "magic"? Kids around 10 might like it, but it's a bit violent in places for that age group...
Patrick Stewart's role is very small, kinda a waste.
It bothers me that they didn't say "thank you" once to the Lady in the Lake.
There are a few scenes with awesome scenery though: Tintagel and Glastonbury Tor.

VaughanPLDonnalee Apr 02, 2020

This movie was an unexpected delight. It is a fresh, fun modern twist on the Arthurian legend. A young man named Alex is able to unexpectedly retrieve Excalibur, and gradually realizes it is up to him to lead the way against a newly released Morgana who is out to destroy the world. The plot is nothing new, and some of the special effects aren't great, but it is a fun, charming adventure story that is great for families. The young Merlin character is especially funny, while the older version of Merlin is played by Patrick Stewart. The young actors were pretty decent, especially the young lead. I found this a very enjoyable, goofy, fun, adventure film.

Mar 09, 2020

It's a kid-friendly fantasy that an adult can tolerate once. It feels sometimes like a Narnia facsimile, but not as good as those movies and no Biblical allegory in this one. Still, it has fun moments, is clean and some good creative "kids save the world" battles. The young leads are good (especially King Alex and both young and old Merlins). Ten or fifteen minutes of battle scenes could have been left on the editing floor without any loss to this one, which is two hours long.

VaughanPLDavidB Dec 23, 2019

This would have been a decent re-telling of the Arthur legend if only the writers had kept the modern day politics of catastrophe out of it. The actor who played Alex isn't bad but it always helps when your dad (Andy Serkis), can get you a gig.

JCLKarynH Nov 21, 2019

This movie is a fresh reinvention of the Arthurian legend of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. It pays homage and pokes fun at the same time. The kid actors are racially diverse and have excellent chemistry. Angus Imrie really shines as young, awkward Merlin. I love how the protagonist, Alex, unites everyone, even his enemies. The special effects were top notch. The landscape of Tintagel Cornwall was gorgeous and I wish we had been there longer. What kid wouldn't want to wear armor and slay some monsters with a sword?

Nov 03, 2019

this film must've been overlooked by the studios' promotions dept. I really enjoyed it and recommend! Characters lovable for both their strength & weakness, teamwork based on mutual need & respect, not blind loyalty or cronyism. Based on literature, to boot!

Oct 30, 2019

A great modern retelling of the Arthur legend - really lovely.

Sep 16, 2019

Nice to see parts of my old country of birth. Was stationed for a year near Stonehenge the Southwest part of England. And it's very scenic. But re the movie, I think it's more a younger person's movie. I'm sure they will enjoy.

Sep 05, 2019

Not for me but children may enjoy it.

Aug 27, 2019

100% a children's movie of a modernized Excalibur story. The CGI was pretty good. Neat to see Sir Patrick Stewart in a children's movie (limited scenes.) The children actors were pretty good. I am guessing the movie didn't do as well in theatres because there wasn't enough story/script material to keep the accompanying adults entertained. Adults may find the bonus material more interesting; it even offers more character background. Mrs. Hudson (Sherlock) ended up on the editing floor! Scandalous ... haha. Seeing the witch without all the make-up will help make the movie less scary for the children. Perfect bedtime story ... if your child doesn't scare easily by witches, fiery horses, and sword fighting. It is Excalibur after all.

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i think i said that i didn't know her name is kaye u heard k as in ok i heard in theather you want me to smash your faces yes he said hey laughed i did a little but he said you want me not to smash your faces yes please that what they laughed at i didn't know who the new freak boy is my brother said its just like our round table down streets and in the kitchin the horn sound scared me in theathers and now i didn't see in theathers everyone was looking at merlan in the bus people laughed at the bus driver the wayhe was looking when merly said driver stop this cotch at once and it stamed on the brackers people laughed so dod i and they laughed he knows the shortcut this is part he talks about Morgoana wanton a boy ask what is wanton a bedders says chines food people laughed and he said merlan its not chines food people laughed it means rude or swair or be nasty to people Alex said and a bulliy said thats easy again the black girl said thats alle people laughed people laughed he said we are not walking to corn wall they laughed he said ignorant buffoon he said they will stop here they all fell down then he turned not to rest people laughed i kind of did when he got triped by a tree reminded me of Pocahontas when two guys got tripped furture king reminds me of Lion King again i didn't see that was a so wearid in the hook until now i'm future king again from Lion King when he says swar it everyone says it Lucas says i thought we weren't subpose to swair Lance Alex said when they reached to grab of the people bedyer said thank you and he kneed people laughed people laughed lace said these ponies are way to small there for little girls those dead things are dubble insize we did too people laughed he says he doesn't huddle and then they were huddling together as they were sleeping everyone laughed we did too soon Alex finds out that his dad he drank he was anrgy at everyting and everyone he wasn't a good man and he said he was the one furture king i think people laughed that they were carring a lot of money i didn't Alex has a fether on his helmet noone has it but him when Alex put the sowed down i thought it would move and breke the stone flour but it didn't right away later it did i think they laughed the roots i didn't know it was her i said in theathers i was getting scared of this part when i saw her standing there i was thinking she will say it's all lies she's gonna say when he put the swar in her chest it remines me of sleeping beauty when the princei am gonna see the new Malefient movie in thethers a lady laughed that a owl flew in and turnitslef into a boy it made me cry in theathers his mom said i thought it would hurt you i wanted you to belive he was good just like me i made my mom my friends think that Lucas was nice to me but he wasn't i made my teather think my friends were nice to in gr. 7 and 8 but they weren't i would't tell on them just my mom but i was hurting all year long until June for 2 years in the others i said it remines me of Alexander in a no good very bad day Eclips like Twilght i said


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Apr 20, 2019

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