Review in Brief: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

I didn’t entirely get the shower of praise that greeted Joe Cornish’s directorial debut, tower block invasion ATTACK THE BLOCK, but he’s clearly a distinct talent. It’s surprising how little of Arthurian legend he needed to change to make this modern retelling work. A lot of the famous plot points have to be more tongue-in-cheek when your story takes place in carparks rather than castles it’s true, but other than that it’s the same timeless tale of becoming a better person. The tone inevitably skews younger, but this fits the bedtime story feel they’re going for. The young cast are real finds, but unfortunately the adult actors range from generic (Rebecca Ferguson) to completely extraneous (Patrick Stewart). Why would you draw attention away from the perfectly good Merlin you already have (Angus Imrie), a character whose whole deal has always been ageing backwards! Not everything works, but this is a lot of fun and demonstrates a lot of imagination. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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