Friday, May 20, 2022

Weekend Watch: ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Saves the World

L-R: Rhianna Dorris, Tom Taylor, Dean Chaumoo, and Louis Ashbourne Serkis in The Kid Who Would Be King.
L-R: Rhianna Dorris, Tom Taylor, Dean Chaumoo, and Louis Ashbourne Serkis in “The Kid Who Would Be King.” 
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*“The Kid Who Would Be King” is a classic tale told in modern day kids style. And why not? King Arthur, Excalibur, the Knights of the Roundtable,and Lancelot are among the most fascinating, mythical stories. Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) is just another bullied kid until he stumbles upon Excalibur, the mythical Sword in the Stone, .

Now with the revered sword, Alex must employ his friends and enemies as knights for his mission.  Together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart), they take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). With the future of the world at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.

The magical movie that captivates children has some very adult themes. It touches on terrible leaders, divisiveness, and the dark state of affairs plaguing the world. But I must admit, one of the best scenes in “Kid Who Would Be King” is when Alex floors his tormentor, giving notice to other bullies. In real life Louis’ lineage is most noteworthy. He is the son of Andy Serkis, whom I’ve interviewed a number of times. Here’s my last interview:

Directed by Joe Cornish, the film also stars Tom Taylor, Dean Chaumoo, Rhianna Dorris, and Angus Imrie.      Twitter: @thefilmstrip.

Marie Moore
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.




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