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

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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