Remember the King Arthur Legend of Exalibur? When the boy pulls the sword out of the stone? In the new movie, The Kid Who Would Be King, which will be released this week. this is a new take on the story and we absolutely loved it. Taking place in England, young Alex (age 12) and his best friend Bedders are being bullied. While he’s running away from bullies Lance and Kay, he finds Exalibur, the Sword in the Stone. He meets Merlin and learns how to turn his friends and enemies into one army to take on the evil Morgana. Will he succeed? The Kid Who Would Be King Patrick Stewart and Cast Interview | The Mama Maven Blo
We got to screen the movie recently and I was very impressed by the young cast, as well as Patrick Stewart. We got to speak to the cast – in this part of the video, you can hear me ask a question.
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And later in the day my daughter got to do knight training.
Patrick Stewart and the cast discussed bullying and I was pretty surprised to hear Sir Stewart say that he was a bully growing up and the reason behind it. He said he grew up in a home that wasn’t safe (unfortunately I know a lot about that) and my heart just went out to him. Writer/Director Joe Cornish revealed that he thought of the idea for this movie when he was 12 years old — which gives creative kids a great reason to start documenting their own ideas. We were all charmed by young actors Louis Ashbourne Serkis (yes, dad Andy was in the room during our press conference, but didn’t speak to us, this was his son’s time) and Rhianna Dorris.
Should you see this movie? Absolutely. While there were some scary parts, I was on the edge of my seat and the premise hooked me. What I also liked is that the bullies turned allies didn’t have that trust until later in the movie. A lot of times bullies/enemies just become friendly/work out their differences immediately. That didn’t happen – -the relationship evolved in The Kid Who Would Be King, but it was done in a more realistic timeline and really seemed authentic. Louis Ashbourne Serkis shined in this movie and I look forward to seeing him in other movies.
Patrick Stewart and another actor, Angus Imrie, both play Merlin. It’s definitely a touch of comic relief and the character totally works. I really liked that the film wasn’t predictable, but the message of people working together against a common enemy/cause and to do what’s right and live by a chivalric code (while not a new idea) was one that we all should remember.
The Kid Who Would Be King is in theatres on Friday, January 25.
Written and Directed by: Joe Cornish
Produced by: Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Cast: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, with Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.TheKidWhoWouldBeKing.com