If you love a good retelling of King Arthur—and really, who doesn’t?—then good news: The Kid Who Would Be King is coming to HBO tonight at 7:50 p.m. ET, immediately following the Sesame Street’s 50th-anniversary special. If you missed this one in theaters in January, The Kid Who Would Be King is a fun, modern-day take on this famous legend.
Louis Ashbourne Serkis (son of actor Andy Serkis) stars as Alex, a 12-year-old British boy who defends his best friend Bedders (Dean Chaumoo) from bullies at school named Lance (Tom Taylor) and Kaye (Rhianna Doris). Lance and Kaye plot to retaliate, and, while running away from them, Alex comes across a sword that he easily pulls from its stone encasing. That sword is, of course, Excalibur. Alex meets all the familiar characters of the King Arthur tale, including the wizard Merlin—who disguises himself as a teenager (Angus Imrie) even though he’s really an old man (Patrick Stewart)—and the sorceress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson).
The story of King Arthur was irresistible to me as a child: A big, shiny sword that will pop free of its stone prison only for the most worthy person—and that worthy person just happens to be an ordinary, every-day kid? That’s kid catnip right there. Though I hardly remember anything about it now, I was obsessed with the 1963 animated film, The Sword in the Stone, which, by the way, will be one of the titles available to stream on Disney+ next week. What’s nice about The Kid Who Would Be King—which, though it didn’t do very well in the box office, was well-liked by critics and currently has a 90 percent rating on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes—is that it brings all the childlike magic of King Arthur to a modern audience. Not to name names, but I don’t want to watch the adventures of Arthur Pendragon as a dreary action film with Charlie Hunnam or Clive Owen, devoid of all wonder. I want to see a King Arthur movie with magic sparkles, cartoon fish, and a Merlin with a twinkle in his eye.
If that’s the kind of King Arthur movie you prefer, too, then The Kid Who Would Be King will probably be your cup of tea. It might even be your Holy Grail of tea. (Sorry.)
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