“Attack the Block” director Joe Cornish transplants the legendary Arthurian legend to modern-day Britain and goes with it The Kid Who Would Be King a crazy youth fantasy adventure that has actually never existed before. We reveal more about this in our review.
The Plot Summary
Twelve-year-old Alex (Louis Serkis) and his best friend Bedders (Dean Chaumoo) have to deal with the two school bullies Lance (Tom Taylor) and Kaye (Rhianna Dorris) every day. Until one night their fate changes in an unexpected way: Lance finds a sword on a closed construction site – it is Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur. Only those who prove themselves worthy are able to use it – and apparently Alex is the chosen one, who also directly knights Bedders. This brings a hideous dragon creature to life elsewhere in the world, because the evil sorceress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) is targeting humanity and needs Excalibur to subjugate the world’s population. It’s a good thing that the good-natured magician Merlin (Angus Imrie/Patrick Stewart) knows exactly how Alex and his friends can prevent this…
The Kid Who Would Be King Movie Meaning & ending
Director and author Joe Cornish has achieved a nice little cult status with his likeable science fiction comedy “Attack The Block”. His film about an alien attack in a problem area in Britain already had the basic DNA of his new film “The Kid Who Would Be King” because the list of ingredients consists of the same things: A group of outsiders unexpectedly have the (dubious) pleasure of saving the world to have to. They are catapulted into a well-known conflict: the alien invasion in “Attack the Block” becomes the Arthurian epic in “If You Were King” – and both are equally entertaining, even if the youth fantasy adventure ultimately lacks a little of the creative punch to stand out possibly earning similar lover status soon. But also thanks to Rebecca Ferguson, who was in an excellent mood (“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”)who visibly enjoys her performance in the form of a fire-breathing dragon, “The Kid Who Would Be King” is a very likeable adventure for the whole family.
Kaye (Rhianna Dorris), Lance (Tom Taylor), Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) and Bedders (Dean Chaumoo).
Joe Cornish actually manages to dress the story about King Arthur, the sword Excalibur and the Knights of the Round Table, which has already been filmed countless times, in a completely new guise. After Guy Ritchie’s failed attempt to build a film universe around the character, audiences actually seemed to no longer be interested in the subject matter. But now “If You Were King” is not only doing very well with foreign critics, we have also fallen in love with the film a little bit, because how much charm and esprit Cornish has re-adapted this well-worn theme here is simply stunning. He stylishly embeds the Arthurian epic in a coming-of-age adventure set in the present and finds well-formulated references to the original: whether the names of the protagonists, the embedding of the infamous Round Table or the discovery of the sword: “The Kid Who Would Be King” is obviously a charming nod and variation on the Arthur saga all in one.
The pure reinterpretation is just as amusing. And it lives primarily from its main characters. Andy Serkis’ son Louis Serkis (“A Current War”)Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor (“The Dark Tower”) and Rhianna Dorris (“Secret Life of Boys”) Over the course of almost two hours, they credibly coalesce into a close-knit community and as such function excellently. This even applies to Lance and Kaye, who were introduced as antagonists at the beginning. The two have long acted as bullies, even inflicting violence on their chosen victims. Only over the course of the film do the two rehabilitate themselves into better people, show insight and “The Kid Who Would Be King” boils down to the fact that only those who stick together can survive difficult times. It’s just a shame that these “difficult times” are limited to the fact that a scary dragon ends up fighting a few teenagers. Since it doesn’t look all that good, the film falls a little short of its potential in the last third.
Together with the magician Merlin (Angus Imrie), the friends have to protect London from a monster.
Conclusion: The Kid Who Would Be King is a charming nod to and reinterpretation of the Arthurian epic, which impresses with beautiful humor and stylish staging by director Joe Cornish. It’s just a shame that the film loses itself in a somewhat interchangeable riot finale towards the end.
“The Kid Who Would Be King” can be seen in USA cinemas from April 18th.