• The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

The Kid Who Would Be King

Release Date: January 25th, 2019

DVD Release Date: April 16th, 2019

PG |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

Old-school magic meets the modern world when young Alex stumbles upon the mythical sword Excalibur. He soon unites his friends and enemies, and they become knights who join forces with the legendary wizard Merlin. Together, they must save mankind from the wicked enchantress Morgana and her army of supernatural warriors.

Cast: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, Denise Gough

Director: Joe Cornish

Genres: Children , Adventure , Fantasy

Production Co: Working Title Films, Big Talk Pictures

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: House, Friend, Transformation, Amusing, London, School, Rivalry, Quest, 2010s, Growing up

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Sarah WardScreen International

    [An] earnest, entertaining and imaginative old-meets-new adventure. show more

  • 70
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    The action is lively and quick-paced, and then suddenly over — at which point the film gets to hammer down some of its more wholesome messages. show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Details like these are delightful. So is the notion of Stonehenge as a transport hub to another temporal plane, and the spectacle of Alex and his dauntless cohorts in tin armor they’ve bought in a souvenir shop. What’s destructive, and eventually benumbing, is the kitchen-sink clutter of fantasy, reality, wish-fulfillment and glib enchantment. To say that the film lacks simplicity would be an oversimplification. show more

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