A Knight's Tale (movie review)

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Lawrence Dover reviews the 2001 movie A Knight's Tale

Submitted: December 13, 2016

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Submitted: December 13, 2016



Lawrence Dover

Movie review



A story can change it’s stars, this one gets five


Medieval films are often dull and used up ways to avoid reality, but Escape Artist’s A Knight’s Tale is a freshly exciting spin on the genre. The set designers grant viewers stunning recreations of middle age England (especially London) where fields roll, plains expand and arenas tower. All the while the film’s actors and soundtrack crack jokes and reference modern culture, but still managing to build an intense plot.

The main plot form involves squire William Thatcher (Heath Ledger; The Dark Knight) impersonating his master with the help of fellow squires Roland (Mark Addy; Game of Thrones) and Wat (Alan Tudyk; Rouge One: A Star Wars Story) in a jousting tournament, gaining allies and enemies alike as they advance. Complementing the story is a series of subplots that range from romance to the folly of social classes. Save a couple awkward scenes-which are made up for by everything else-the story is rock solid.

The amount of money made opening weekend can say a lot about a movie, whether it be by the hype it generated or it’s reception. A Knight’s Tale made 16,511,391 dollars on just it’s opening weekend, a number largely responsible for the film’s 117.5 million dollar box office profit. This is a rather plump amount on it’s own, but more impressive is that the film managed to completely cover it’s 41 million dollar budget (and have left-overs). The film manages to surpass the budget of other popular 2001 movies such as Jeepers Creepers, Zoolander and Joe Dirt.

Most of the people behind this film can be described with one word: Brilliant. The stage and cinematography are set in a way that viewers can see what is important, without being bored by the less important things. However great scenery and great acting cannot stand alone, instead they must work together. In A Knight’s Tale the relationship actors have with the set (as well as each other) is fantastic, and those who came for an escape will be pleased. Everytime a character interacts with their environment or engage with another cast member it feels as though history is being written. People who have come for nothing more than a good movie will be equally pleased, as intense action sequences and an amped-up soundtrack pound throughout the movie’s length. To keep all this underwraps is director Brian Helgeland, who provides the easy flow between major events. It was with great collaboration that this great movie formed.

Though this is a-must-watch movie it is not a movie for all age, but rather audiences over 13. A Knight’s Tale received a PG-13 for it’s mature language, partial nudity and brief sexuality. Hower moviegoers who are of proper age or mind frame should give the movie a fair trial. If viewers sit and watch they will find themselves exposed to whirlwind of emotions, of thought or even of self-realizations. A Knight’s Tale and has gained more popularity since it’s release, and should be considered by medieval and movie fanatics alike.


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