Movie Review – The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

The Kid Who Would Be King, 2019.

Written and Directed by Joe Cornish.

Starring Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Angus Imrie, Patrick Stewart, Dean Chaumoo, Rhianna Dorris, Rebecca Ferguson, Denise Gough, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Nick Mohammed.

Synopsis:

A band of kids embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace.

Separating writer/director Joe Cornish’s (Attack the Block) first foray into kids-oriented filmmaking (and general blockbuster filmmaking) is that, unlike most offerings from the genre, The Kid Who Would Be King goes about treating younger audiences with respectful intelligence alongside its rather cliché narrative about togetherness and being yourself. Before the legendary Excalibur is pulled out of any stones, we see these children commuting to school and partaking in their daily routines, consistently overhearing negative news briefs about a divided United Kingdom. And while polarizing events such as Brexit are not explicitly mentioned, most children should be able to
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‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Film Review: Joe Cornish Turns Arthurian Legend into ’80s-Style Kid Romp

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‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Film Review: Joe Cornish Turns Arthurian Legend into ’80s-Style Kid Romp
In Joe Cornish’s follow-up to his sci-fi breakout hit “Attack the Block,” the sophomore director mines the rich mythical realm of the legend of King Arthur. But rather than pick up the story in medieval times, “The Kid Who Would Be King” takes place in the modern world, one where our heroes wear school uniforms and, at first, don’t know how to wield swords or ride horses.

The Kid Who Would Be King” is a charming story of fantasy, pop-culture references and myth-making. It’s a movie with the playful camaraderie of “Goonies” and a few elements from ’80s sagas — like “Labyrinth,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The NeverEnding Story” and “Legend” — where young people go on character-building adventures. “The Kid Who Would Be King” even uses a synth-heavy score from Electric Wave Bureau to give the movie that old-school sheen.

Alex wants to do the right things
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Film Review: ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’

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A likable enough, Amblin-esque update to the classic Arthurian legend, “The Kid Who Would Be King” is hardly the first time a group of adolescents have saved England from supernatural harm in a Joe Cornish movie. That said, much of the attitude and originality that drew fans to the irreverent writer-director’s inner-city alien-invasion debut, “Attack the Block” — wherein underdog heroes faced off against fluorescent-fanged beasties from outer space — has gone missing from his eight-years-later second feature, which skews considerably younger and safer than that 2011 cult favorite.

Maybe that’s because the kid in question is bland 12-year-old Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis). Polite, white, and thoroughly unexceptional, Alex comes across as an average student in most respects, proving that chivalry is not dead by intervening when best friend Bedders (Dean Chaumoo) is hassled by classmates Kaye (Rhianna Dorris) and Lance (Tom Taylor), two bullies who would no doubt have
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New Clip From Joe Cornish’s ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’

Twentieth Century Fox has made available a brand new clip called ‘Training’ for Joe Cornish’s epic, action-packed adventure The Kid Who Would Be King. Featuring British rising stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris and Angus Imrie, alongside Sir Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson, the film arrives in cinemas February 15, 2019.

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Here’s the official plot synopsis:

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.

Watch the brand new ‘Training’ clip below.
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Let Merlin School You in This Training Clip from The Kid Who Would Be King

I am super excited for The Kid Who Would Be King. I am a huge fan of Attack the Block, so I can’t wait to see what Joe Cornish has pulled out of his hat this time, and the previews have been giving me a 90s kids movie vibe, which is pretty much the highest praise I could give a kids movie. I am also a sucker for any retelling of the Arthurian legend (I didn’t even hate that terrible Guy Ritchie version a couple years ago). So basically, Joe Cornish + 90s-vibe kids movie + King Arthur = I’m in. Plus, it is too cold to go to the park and this will keep my kid entertained for a couple of hours on a Saturday.

We have a new clip from said (hopefully) future blockbuster, and it is from the beginning of what is sure to be a cracking training montage.
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Trailer: The Kid Who Would Be King

Joe Cornish makes his long-awaited return to the screen.

Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure The Kid Who Would Be King. Alex (Louis 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 (Patrick Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca 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 written and directed by Joe Cornish and stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson.

The Kid Who Would Be King is released in UK cinemas on 15 February 2019
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The New Character Posters And Trailer For The Kid Who Would Be King Are Here – Stars Rebecca Ferguson And Patrick Stewart

Later this month, the legend comes to life like never before.

20th Century Fox has released the new trailer for The Kid Who Would Be King. The film is written and directed by Joe Cornish and stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, with Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart.

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 film hits theaters January 25.

Patrick Stewart and Louis Ashbourne Serkis in Twentieth Century
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The Kid Who Would Be King gets five new posters

Following the latest trailer for The Kid Who Would Be King, a new one-sheet has arrived online for the upcoming fantasy adventure along with four character posters featuring Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis), Bedders (Dean Chaumoo), Lance (Tom Taylor), and Kaye (Rhianna Dorris); check them out here…

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 for release on January 25th.

The post The Kid Who Would Be King gets
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New Trailer Lands For Joe Cornish’s Action-Packed ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’

A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Joe Cornish film The Kid Who Would Be King, which arrives in cinemas in February.

Twentieth Century Fox released the second official look at the action-packed adventure, which stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris and Angus Imrie, alongside Sir Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson.

Here’s the official synopsis:

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
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Second Trailer for UK Fantasy Adventure 'The Kid Who Would Be King'

"A true king is brave and noble... you have more battles left to fight." Fox has debuted the second official trailer for the fantasy adventure comedy The Kid Who Would Be King, the latest from Joe Cornish, of the sci-fi favorite Attack the Block previously. The first trailer from earlier this fall showed quite a bit of promise, and this one gives us a better look at the family-friendly humor. It tells another story about bullied kids learning to stand up for themselves. Alex thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical "Sword in the Stone", Excalibur. He must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights, join with the wizard Merlin, and take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. Starring Louis Ashbourne Serkis, plus Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, and Dean Chaumoo. This looks like a super fun movie, and I'm so
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Great New Trailer for Joe Cornish's The Kid Who Would Be King - "You Must Choose What You Stand For"

Director Joe Cornish’s new film The Kid Who Would Be King looks like it’s going to be a super fun fantasy adventure film, and we’ve got a great new trailer to share with you today filled with some cool footage.

I really like the tone and vibe of this film and the fact that it’s filled with extremely fun imagination, adventure, action. The movie comes from the same director who previously brought us Attack The Block, so if you enjoyed that, there’s a good chance that you’ll enjoy this movie.

The story centers on a 12-year-old boy named Alex (Louis Serkis) who finds his everyday problems dwarfed by his discovery of the mythical sword Excalibur. “Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin, take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake,
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The Kid Who Would Be King Trailer #2 Puts a Crazy Twist on the Sword in the Stone

The Kid Who Would Be King Trailer #2 Puts a Crazy Twist on the Sword in the Stone
There have been so many King Arthur movies in recent years, the last one to make it to the big screen, Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword bombed big time. People know the tale, and most are quite bored by what the ancient legend has to offer. Now, director Joe Cornish, the guy behind the cult favorite Attack the Block, is back, and he's about to change that in a big way with The Kid Who Would Be King.

On January 25th, the legend comes to life like never before. 20th Century Fox has released the new trailer for The Kid Who Would Be King, which tells the story of a young boy who has never believed that he is anything special, until he discovers an ancient legend that he can't even believe is true. He must bring his schoolmates together, uniting with a mythical icon from a bygone era,
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New trailer for Joe Cornish’s The Kid Who Would Be King

With less than a month to go until The Kid Who Would Be King arrives in cinemas, a new trailer has arrived online for the fantasy adventure, which is directed by Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) and stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, Patrick Stewart, and Rebecca Ferguson; watch it here…

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 for release on January 25th.
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New Poster For Joe Cornish’s ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’

20th Century Fox has released a new poster for The Kid Who Would Be King, the upcoming feature from Joe Cornish that will be released in 2019. The film stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, Sir Patrick Stewart, and Rebecca Ferguson, and arrives in cinemas on February 15, 2019.

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.

Being a huge fan of Joe Cornish right from his days on The Adam and Joe Show,
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Extremely Fun and Adventurous Trailer For Joe Cornish's The Kid Who Would Be King

The director of Attack The Block, Joe Cornish, is back with a new film called The Kid Who Would Be King and it looks like it’s going to be an absolute blast! The first trailer for the film has dropped and it’s packed with imagination, adventure, action, and fun! If you enjoyed Attack The Block, you’re probably going to love what you see here in this trailer!

The story centers on a 12-year-old boy named Alex (Louis Serkis) who finds his everyday problems dwarfed by his discovery of the mythical sword Excalibur. “Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin, take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.”

The movie stars Patrick Stewart who was perfectly cast in the role
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First trailer for Joe Cornish’s The Kid Who Would Be King

20th Century Fox has revealed the first trailer for the upcoming fantasy adventure The Kid Who Would Be King. Written and directed by Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), the film stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, Patrick Stewart, and Rebecca Ferguson; watch it here…

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 for release on February 15th.

The post First trailer for
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First Trailer for Joe Cornish's Adventure 'The Kid Who Would Be King'

"The five of us won't stand a chance on our own - we need to raise an army." 20th Century Fox has finally released the first full-length trailer for the fantasy adventure comedy The Kid Who Would Be King, the latest film by director Joe Cornish, of the sci-fi favorite Attack the Block previously. This looks awesome! Another story about bullied kids learning to stand up for themselves. Alex 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 join with the legendary wizard Merlin, take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. Starring Louis Ashbourne Serkis as Alex, plus Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, and Dean Chaumoo. This looks like a ton of fun, and it's an original idea, and it looks different than most Hollywood movies nowadays,
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‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Trailer: ‘Attack the Block’ Director Joe Cornish Returns

After arriving on the scene back in 2011 with his mightly impressive directorial debut Attack the Block (along with a writing credit on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn), it’s been a long wait to see what Joe Cornish would do next. He was attached to a number of projects and even rumored for some high-profile gigs such as Die Hard and Star Trek films. Well, he’s now finally back with The Kid Who Would Be King.

Once again capturing a group of teenagers getting into an adventure, his new film takes on the King Arthur tale with some modern-day, self-referential wit. Set for a January release in the U.S. and a February release in the U.K., the first trailer has now arrived. Starring Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, with Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart, see the trailer below.
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First poster and images for Joe Cornish’s The Kid Who Would Be King

20th Century Fox has debuted the first poster for writer-director Joe Cornish’s (Attack the Block) upcoming fantasy adventure The Kid Who Would Be King which stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Ferguson, and Rhianna Dorris; take a look here…

And here’s an image of Rebecca Ferguson as the sorceress villain Morgana via Empire…

And an image of Louis Ashbourne Serkis as Alex…

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
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Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson in talks for Joe Cornish’s The Kid Who Would Be King

Back in May it was announced that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) is set to direct the fantasy adventure The Kid Who Would Be King, and now comes word from The Tracking Board that Patrick Stewart (Logan) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) are in talks to join the cast.

The film revolves around a group of kids who embark on an epic quest to thwart a Medieval menace named Morgana who is the half-sister of King Arthur. Andy Serkis’ son Louis Serkis (Taboo) is set for the lead role of Alex, a young boy who discovers the mythical sword Excalibur. He is joined in the cast by Tom Taylor (The Dark Tower) Rhianna Dorris (Secret Life of Boys), Angus Imrie (Kingdom), Denise Gough (Guerrilla) and newcomer Dean Chaumoo.

The site reports that Stewart is in talks to play the older incarnation of Angus Imrie’s Merlin, while Ferguson
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