A Knight's Tale Poster
Brian Helgeland (Director)
Heath Ledger (William Thatcher)
Mark Addy (Roland)
Rufus Sewell (Count Adhemar)
Paul Bettany (Chaucer)
Shannyn Sossamon (Jocelyn)
Alan Tudyk (Wat)
the official A Knight's Tale website
“A Knight’s Tale” was one of those movies that I wasn’t
too excited about seeing. I
dunno, I just wasn’t looking forward to a film that I thought
would be chock full of historical inaccuracies punctuated by
knights calling each other “dude” all set to Queen power
ballads. There was no
“dude” speak in the film (thank God for that, another “Bill
and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” we need not) but the “rock
and or roll” was plentiful and surprisingly complementary.
I have to admit, I did find it a little strange in the
first instance--the spectators at the jousting tournament doing
the whole “We will, we will, rock you” thing.
But once I got used to the fact that this was part of the
movie and the director was trying to be innovative I let it go.
“A Knight’s Tale” is supposed to be a light-hearted
adventure not a documentary on medieval knights after all.
Anyhoo, the basic premise is about
a peasant boy who wants to be a knight-- anyone who’s seen the
preview can tell you that. Getting
into a little more detail, the story begins with Will (Ledger),
Roland (Addy), and Wat (Tudyk) who are introduced as three poor
squires to a recently deceased knight who has been competing in a
jousting tournament (and must only win one final match to win the tournament).
Caught in this situation, Will convinces Roland and Wat
that he can impersonate the knight and complete the tournament in
place of the dead knight.
Will wins the match (and the tournament) without being discovered (it is
against the law for peasants to compete in the tournaments) and
all three squires get a taste of the wealth that can be made by
impersonating the knight and set off to the next tournament.
Along the way they run into a naked
Geoffrey Chaucer (Bettany) who teams up with them and becomes
their promoter, a medieval version of Don King. Chaucer is definitely the best character in the movie and
provides a lot of wit and laughs.
The boys team up with a chick blacksmith too...she was a
pretty shallow character (like most of the others now that I think
about it) but there was only one major thing that bothered me
about her. She made
some special armor for Will and she added her own little logo to
it, for people to identify her work…..it was two Nike
just thought that was a little ridiculous…but whatever.
Anyway, a little love story goes on between Will and some
princess (Princess Jocelyn played by Sossamon)
a little unfriendly competition with (the token bad guy) Count
Adhemar (Sewell) results. But who
will win the World Jousting Championship and Princess Jocelyn’s
heart? And will Will
be found out??? Tune
in next week….I mean, see the movie to find out!
This is a fun, fun, fun film.
Shakespeare it ain’t but to some people that may be a
good thing. The plot
is acceptable, the characters are amusing (except for the
Princess—I thought she was annoying), and the jousting action is
definitely a large part of the film.
You’ll laugh, you may even cry, but you’ll definitely
be entertained. It’s
a good action/adventure movie with a good retro rock ‘n roll
than “The Mummy Returns” but not half as good as
“Gladiator” (but what is?).
( 2 1/2 out of 4 pops )
about this film with other Popkorn Junkies
Liz ( 2 out of 4 pops )
I didn't know what to
think of all the modern hoopla until I remembered that part of why
I fell asleep during "Gladiator" was that I got
bored with everyone taking themselves so seriously.
Pretending that something is great doesn't make it great and, unfortunately
for "A Knight's Tale," going for cheap laughs doesn't
make a movie great, either. It does, however, make for some
good afternoon entertainment. I was surprisingly drawn
into this one (probably give credit to Heath Ledger for
that, and to the Chaucer character). I thought the joust
scenes were good but also too repetitive and I was sometimes
confused as to who was who, with all that armor on and whatnot.
In fact, a lot of this movie was too repetitive. Did anyone
else notice that Chaucer's speeches are very, very similar?
And that they show the final jousting triumph twice?? I know
the final scene was done for effect, but really. This
movie is definitely fluffy, but it is a fun kind of fluffy -- I
just hope no twelve-year-olds decide to reference it in a report
on medieval times.
Pappy ( 2 1/2 out of 4 pops )
I enjoyed the film. It got a little slow at about the 90 minute mark, and was
very predictable. I
wish there were more anachronisms, as I think they really added to
the film. Most of the
supporting characters did a good job, and the stripped down
version of Chaucer was a lot of fun (well for a while anyway.).
Editing, production design, color, costumes were right on
target, though I feel the action scenes should have produced a lot
more excitement. I
think it was big mistake for our knight to have given up the
swordplay as that may have helped add some much needed variety to
( 3 1/2 out of 4 pops )
While some people have bashed this movie for it's
"modern" edge, that aspect worked out real well. The
only people saying that it's a copy of “Gladiator” are the
ones who haven't seen it. It's
story of how a peasant-type-of-person tricked people of royalty
thinking he was a knight. Heath Ledger plays that such person, and doesn't disappoint. This
movie is really funny, with some unknown (at least to me) actors
doing quite well. The supporting actors all give great performances. Bettany
and Tudyk are really hilarious! Oh,
and let's not forget Heath Ledger, he's funny too! There's
this scene when Bettany's character is teaching Ledger's character
how to dance, and says Tudyk's character isn't leading, he's
"following like a girl", and Tudyk's character punches
Bettany's in the face.
some people can't take a medieval movie seriously when "We
We Will, Rock You" is played in the beginning, but it's a
nice movie to watch when you want to "escape".
don't see crap like "The Mummy Returns", see this one