The Kid Who Would Be King
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The King Arthur legend meets the modern day in this epic family-friendly adventure. Young Alex is just another bullied kid until he discovers the legendary sword Excalibur, and begins training as a knight with wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart). Alex must turn schoolyard enemies into allies, and become the leader he never dreamed he could be to defeat the wicked Morgana and save the world.
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Critics Consensus: The Kid Who Would Be King recalls classic all-ages adventures -- and repurposes a timeless legend -- for a thoroughly enjoyable new addition to the family movie canon.
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Common Sense Says
"Goonie" meets "LOTR" in fun but sometimes scary adventure.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Kid Who Would Be King is a modernized twist on the Arthurian legend of the sword in the stone. It centers on a relatable, regular English schoolboy named Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis), who's chosen to wield Excalibur and save the world. The movie is tween friendly (it's kind of like The Goonies crossed with Lord of the Rings), but families with younger kids should be aware that the villains -- evil Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) and her minions -- are creepy, dark, and quite scary. Several violent battles/confrontations involve the destruction of a school, tense chases and pursuits, gouts of fire, and lots of swordfighting/weapons and close-range combat. While none of the kids is seriously injured, there are plenty of close calls. Characters also argue and deal with fairly intense bullying. There are a few uses of words like "damn," "hell," and "oh my God," as well as insults ("ignorant buffoon," etc.), but nothing overly salty. One character briefly walks around naked, but nothing at all graphic is shown. Families will be able to discuss several positive messages in the story, including teamwork, perseverance, courage, loyalty, and more.
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- Genre:Action, Fantasy, Family
- Release Date:January 25, 2019
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
If purchased in:4K
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