For years the art of jousting has been reserved for the nobility. But William, son of a thatcher, is not going to take no for an answer.
When his master dies in the middle of a tournament, what could be a better opportunity? Will finishes the tournament and discovers something. He’s actually good at it.
With the help of Roland, Wat, Geoffery Chaucer the writer, and Kate the blacksmith, he will become a knight.
He’ll dare to change from peasant to nobility, and joust.
(And there’s always the Lady Jocelyn to egg him on; that helps.)
In My Opinion…
Movie Classification: M
Contrary to the way the story line sounds, this is actually a comedy. And slightly nonsense. For instance, the medieval people listen to rock music and the ladies wear their hair in what can only be described as modern. Still. It’s funny. It really is.
Not the best movie on the shelf, but I liked it. I mean, there was a freaky bit where you saw the back of a fellow with no clothes on (I had to avert my eyes) but I cannot otherwise see why it could have possibly been rated MA 15+. Surely not. It’s barely even violent. It’s not like there’s even any blood. Narnia is more violent than this, I’d say. I could understand it being rated M, but MA? I can only say it must be really old to get ratings like that. 2001 to be exact. Which is old. Saying that, effects aren’t magnificent, but it’s not that type of movie, anyway.
I can only say this movie is weird. But in an enjoyable sort of way. It has it’s funny lines, and good acting for the most part. The William-as-a-little-boy kid was very cute, but I wouldn’t mark him as and excellent actor… more mediocre. There was just something about his voice… Or it could just be that he had an extreme English accent. Since that wasn’t a large part, it’s barely worth mentioning.
One of the scenes was filmed oddly. It was in a great big church–nice–but although William and Jocelyn were having an angry/heartwrenching DNM, it didn’t zoom in at all. It was the sort of scene that could prove actor’s worth by facial expressions, but it didn’t. It kept at a distance, occasionally glancing past a complete blockage of a column. I didn’t notice this the first time I watched this, but Cait pointed it out, and she’s right, it’s really odd. Apart from that the filming is well done, though on all the big jousts, it goes into slow motion which gets a little old after a while.
For all its historical nonsense, I think there’s a fair chunk of actual history in there. And it’s pretty good to find history in something funny.
Three positive words: Silly, Funny, Enjoyable
Three negative points: Tacky (slightly), Rude (slightly), and I didn’t like the music.
A good watch.