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A Knights Tale
Smriti Kashyap / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
5.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
What do you do when you have about 5 million dollars in cash, 15 tons of tin foil and a debilitating brain aneurysm? Well, you just go ahead to make a mash of them all and come up with a film with a highly profound title called 'A Knight's Tale'. Whassat? The script, you say? Heck, what was Gladiator for? We just take a pinch of that, a tablespoon of Robin Hood, a smattering of Robbie William's and Freddie Mercury's vocal chords, do some hocus pocus, and voila!

Set in the 14th century, this flick tells the tale of young William who gets packed off by his poor dad to apprentice as a stable boy. The kid soon grows up and discovers a passion for jousting. Young William, now legally blonde, generally likes to lance-a-lot. When his master dies, he dons the armor and suit. Unable to 'joust do it', he fakes his way through claiming to be of a noble birth. The one to help him forge the documents is none other than the bare-assed Geoffrey Chaucer... whom we know as hitting instant stardom once pencil and paper were invented.

Traveling across the lands to compete in various jousting contests, he proves himself to be the Sir Tiger Woods of jousting. Later on during his pro-tours, he meets and goes gaga over Shannon Sossamon, whose weird nature is weirder than her name. She plays Jocelyn, his fickle lover who tells him to lose important games ("if you love me... you'll lose this game") in a manner that can only be described as irritatingly Bollywoodish. Anyways, another lad is also pursuing this maiden on a horse in the form of the aristocrat Adhemer who comes with his own brands of arrogance and sensuality.

It's the usual tripe from then on... boy loses girl, boy gets butt-kicked because of low birth, boy kicks back butt, boy gets girl and all is well. Except for that queasy feeling at the pit of your stomach at the end of it all. You seem to be paying more attention to the really modern mannerisms in the movie. I would like to meet just one person who said 'wow' in like the Middle Ages. Not just this, more ear-jarring stuff like Queen's 'We Will Rock You' and other 70s rock interspersed with the whole drama. And all you have in your hands is some really ghastly muddled up Middle Age mayhem. Oh boy!

More weird stuff... the whole banquet thing where they have ancient music suddenly has a Middle Ages version of stuff by Ziggy Stardust. Yeah, just what we needed - 'Medieval Night Fever'. And to top it all off we have uncanny fashions, like when ladylove Jocelyn looks straight out of 'Breakfast At Tiffany's', with a wide hat and all. Just what was the director thinking? At least Baz Luhrman's eclectic mix of funky fashion and fast music churned out a hep look for his 'Romeo and Juliet'. But this movie ends up looking like its rich country cousin.

But the film isn't all that depressing. We have the newcomer Aussie Heath Ledger, whose stubble and square chin show a lot of promise. His custom made 'bird nest look' for the hair will surely go a long way in propelling him to superstardom. Anywise, that's about the entire movie. If you enjoyed Gladiator, you might like this film, too. But don't be too zapped when you hear Freddie Mercury shriek out in between. We warned you, this movie might at the max nudge you a bit ...but rock you? Naaaah! No way Jose.
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A Knights Tale (english) reviews
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  • Cast
    Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, Mark Addy, Laura Fraser, Paul Bettany, Shannon Sossamon
  • Director
    Brian Helgeland
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
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Marijn Stolk on 8th Jan 2005, 1:22pm | Permalink
lovely
RATING
10
Arun on 22nd Oct 2001, 9:25pm | Permalink
i would have loved to read this as the review of the movie, but unfortunatly it seems to be the review of some other movie
RATING
6
Gauri on 17th Oct 2001, 2:03pm | Permalink
the movie is boring...silly sometimes. i totally agree with sk. save your money. who is sk? my congrats to his nice writing
RATING
6
Shubhodeep Das on 14th Oct 2001, 12:19pm | Permalink
dear whoever, the review is nice,to the point and extremely precise but i think one missed the basic point in the movie that it's a 'comedy', or is it that one did miss the titles with 'we will rock you' by queen being a Sangeet going crowd who land up 15 minutes after the movie starts. Alls well that ends well, but i am sure that if you go to buy a "tissot" and land up with options of "casio", it really doesnt mean that "casio" is a bad watch, it basically is for a different purpose, its a comedy, a satire on other hollywood flicks, daresay in a very "bollywoodish" manner. So enjoy.

I give it a full "five"

regards

shubhodeepdas@hotmail.com
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10
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