The Kid Who Would Be King

The Kid Who Would Be King
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 2h
  • PG
  • Directed by: Joe Cornish
  • Cast: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Ferguson
  • UK release: 15 February 2019

Alex (Serkis), escaping from school bullies, finds a sword sticking out of a cement post which he and mate Bedders (Chaumoo) decide is Excalibur. Entertaining, but with too many unanswered questions, and Ferguson as Morgana is wasted for most of the movie. Shame, because the kids are terrific.

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Joe Cornish: 'It's a miracle this movie got made because it's not the sort of film they make any more'

13 Feb 2019

The Kid Who Would Be King director talks about Arthurian legend, his Ant-Man saga and his love of scary kids films

Almost eight years after his critically lauded debut feature, Attack the Block, writer/director Joe Cornish is finally back with Arthurian family adventure The Kid Who Would Be King. Starring Louis Ashbourne Serkis (son of Lorraine Ashbourne and Andy…

The Kid Who Would Be King

11 Feb 20193 stars

Joe Cornish takes the helm of a flawed but enjoyable Arthurian kids' adventure

The legend of King Arthur and his sword Excalibur is given a 21st century reboot in this kids' adventure that marks writer-director Joe Cornish's follow-up to 2011's critically praised but financial less successful Attack the Block. It's heavily…

Joe Cornish's miracle movie

8 Feb 2019

Film gossip

Joe Cornish thinks it is a "miracle" that 'The Kid Who Would Be King' was ever made. The 50-year-old filmmaker is responsible for the modern day adaptation of King Arthur, which sees schoolboy Alex – played by Louis Ashbourne Serkis – stumble upon the…

Rebecca Ferguson's make-up marathon on The Kid Who Would Be King

4 Feb 2019

Film gossip

Rebecca Ferguson had to spend four hours in make-up every day for her role in new fantasy film 'The Kid Who Would Be King'. The 35-year-old star plays evil sorceress Morgana le Fay in the movie, which is inspired by the legend of King Arthur but set in…

Sir Patrick Stewart prepared for new movie by re-watching Excalibur

25 Jan 2019

Film gossip

Sir Patrick Stewart re-watched his performance in 'Excalibur' to prepare for 'The Kid Who Would Be King'. The 78-year-old actor – who starred in the John Boorman-directed epic fantasy film in 1981 – thinks there are some obvious similarities between the…

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