Friday, January 25, 2019

The Kid Who Would Be King - A Modern Day King Arthur Tale Fit For Kids {Our Review}

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The Kid Who Would Be King arrives in theaters January 25th!

*No Spoilers*

Score: 4 out of 5

Rating: PG for fantasy action violence, scary images, thematic elements including some bullying and language
Runtime: 2hrs

Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex (Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.


The Kid Who Would Be King is set in modern day England. The plot is set around Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) and a group of kids from school; two foes/bullies and his closest friend. It is a modern day Sword and the Stone story and can be very predictable for adults in the audience. With that said, it is perfect film for the tween generation that haven't had a non-cartoon version of this story recently. The film is remenicent of Lord of The Rings meets Goonies quest. Kids will find it entertaining. My 11yr old thought it was, "the best movie he'd ever seen". I think the cinematic elements are just right as well, there are some scarier parts, but they will be handled quite well by the mainstream kids 8 yrs old and up. My 6yr old is sensitive to sad parts usually, but handles fighting ok as he has seen most Marvel movies and he was just fine with this one. There aren't any blood and gore scenes to worry about, it was lots of dark shapes and fire instead. Their quest is one of legends and it was nice to see Patrick Stewart (Merlin) in this role. The message is great for kids too dealing with courage, loyalty, perseverance, teamwork and so much more. It does drag a bit towards the end, but it is entertaining and the kids will love it!

~Jackie Landy~

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