The Kid Who Would Be King

The Kid Who Would Be King

The Kid Who Would Be King

A 12-year-old in modern-day London stumbles upon fabled sword Excalibur as well as the responsibility to save the world in this family fantasy adventure from the writer and director of Attack the Block.

2019Rating: PG, Mild fantasy themes and violence, some scenes may scare young children120 minsUSA
ActionAdventureKids & FamilyFantasyBlockbuster

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The Kid Who Would Be King / Reviews

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Joe Cornish follows up his first feature Attack the Block with a kids’ fantasy adventure, updating the King Arthur story to the streets of modern London. Where the Arthur of legend united a kingdom, the Britain of today is divided, and the fate of the state rests on 12-year-old Alex (played by Andy Serkis’ son, Louis).

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Variety

Variety

A likable enough, Amblin-esque update to the classic Arthurian legend...

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Do the Middle Ages hold the key to saving the world? "The Kid Who Would Be King" suggests so.

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Stuff

Stuff

As it is, The Kid Who Would Be King is a good-natured alternative to the noise and bombast of a Marvel or DC style superhero adventure. If I was about 9 years old today, it might just have been the best film I'd seen all week.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

It's the type of film that cheering kids will want to re-watch, re-live and play-act, bearing well for post-theatrical streaming and home-release prospects.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

...the climax delivers a delightfully over-the-top school-based battle, uniting the kids in bashing the bad and showing the grown-ups how it's done

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A charming family-friendly adventure.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

...offers plenty of delights but doesn't quite package them together in a way that is wholly satisfying...

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Collider

Collider

It's good that there's a film like The Kid Who Would Be King for pre-teens who not only want to go on a fun quest, but will feel ready to take on a divided world as a result.

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