A Knight's Tale (2001)

He Will Rock You

William Thatcher, a peasant, is sent to apprentice with a Knight named Hector as a young boy. Urged by his father to "change his Stars", he assumes Sir Hector's place in a tournament when Hector dies in the middle of it. He wins. With the other apprentices, he trains and assumes the title of Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein.

Great watch, will watch again, and do recommend.
What a fantastic cast: I honestly don't know if you could have cast it better. Just thinking about Alan Tudyk, Heath Ledger, and Shannyn Sossamon makes me smile.
Everyone plays their roles fantasticly, taking their stock characters, and spinning the writing to the 9th degree: the jerks are hate-able jerks and I can't help but love the leads and supporting characters.
Part of what makes this movie disctinct is that they forces some modern (for the time) music into it when it very did not belong with medieval England / Europe. There are several scenes where if you squint, you could mistake the movie for "10 Things I Hate About You" or some other teen rom com of that time period.
Fortunately they found a way to balance the jousting content with personality stories, which are by far more entertaining, but unless you're Kevin Smith, you can't exactly cut jousting out of a movie set in competitions for jousting.
This is a fun movie with some positive messaging in it about women and class rights, please give this a go.

Columbia Pictures, Escape Artists, Finestkind, Black and Blu Entertainment by Brian Helgeland.
Stars: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Romance

Keywords: london, england poetry rivalry knight tournament duel torture writer impostor church game jousting medieval aftercreditsstinger

05/11/2001

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