DVD: The Kid Who Would Be King
The Kid Who Would Be King is obviously a kids film, so not directly aimed at me. So with this in mind, I’m going to turn off my inbuilt cynicism, and try and look at the film through the eyes of my seven and ten-year-olds, who watched with me. With that in mind, the review could just be as simple as “dad, that was amazing, can we watch it again another day.” So yeah, a winner with the kids, even though I was secretly wishing I could be finishing The Punisher Season 2 on Netflix.
So The Kid Who Would Be King is basically a contemporary re-telling/continuation of the story of King Arthur and the Sword in the stone. The Arthurian figure this time is a kid who gets bullied at school for standing up for his friend who always gets bullied, and in true Arthurian style, the four become allies in the fight against the demon spawn rising up from the ground to claim dominion over the earth.
Of course, bullies and victims don’t become instant allies, and even the good guys have issues to deal with.
And this is the heart of The Kid Who Would Be King, good old fashioned values. Be kind, be honest, work together for the good of others.
The story, of course, is helped by some good action, and the random appearances of Patrick Stewart.
All in all, it’s a pleasant romp and a welcome break to the over the top action that Marvel et all seem to spew out at breakneck speed.
Rating: PG Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers. NOTE: Violence and scary scenes