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TitleA Knight's Tale
DirectorBrian Helgeland
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Submitted by Dan Harvey 
(Jan 10, 2007)

This is one of the best films you will ever see! It is amazing in every way and the 70's and 80's music (Queen) really just rounds off an exellent film!

Heath Ledger was really right for the part along with the other characters! It has everything you look for in a film such as: romance, comedy, action and adventure! Its a tremendous film fit for any mood and all ages!

Submitted by Zane W. Olesen 
(Dec 12, 2002)

A Knights Tale
Jesting and Jousting

There is no way I should have liked this movie. As a matter of fact I’m astounded that I enjoyed myself so much.

“A Knights Tale” is without a doubt one of the most poorly researched and technically inaccurate timepiece movies to ever hit the screen. The odd thing is that apparently the makers of this film were well aware of these oversights as they also heaped a number of anarchism’s on top for good measure.

This movie defines going to the movies for a good time. I think really this movie is more about having a good time enjoying oneself then it is about being a knight and jousting.

The story begins with the death of a aging tournament knight before the final round of a tournament. His three starving squires are in quandary so one of them, William Thatcher, (Heath Ledger, “Ten Things I Hate About You”, “The Patriot”), dons the knight suit and ineptly wins the final round of the tournament.

William concocts a hair-brained scheme to masquerade as a real knight, arguing, “A man can change his stars” to his two fellow squires. After some hi jinks and carrying on, his partners, Roland, (Mark Addy), and Wat, (Alan Tudky), reluctantly agree.

So they use a portion of their winnings for training and begin training to get William ready for a fast approaching tournament.

On their way to the tournament they encounter the character Chaucer, played with wallowing comic brilliance by Paul Bettany. Chaucer added tons-o-humor and spiced the story up in an unexpected way.

This movie had all the simplistic entertainment tools you could imagine and hammed them up with a drunken relish. There’s the courageous love of a father for his son, the goodness and loyalty of friends, forbidden love separated by class, women’s equality, unexpected honor by the ruling class, and a bad guy in black.

The use of 70’s and 80’s rock anthems threw me for a loop, especially in the beginning, which nearly caused me to instantly start hating the movie. Then it occurred to me that, “Oh they’re being funny”.

So if you are a movie timepiece purist you will be doing yourself, as well as the rest of us, a favor by avoiding “A Knight’s Tale”. This movie is played for fun and great laughs.

Once again it still amazes me that I could have enjoyed myself so much at this movie. And for the record I was not drunk or on medication either.

Sometimes we experience things that are an unexpected pleasure and generally we don’t get over analytical. After seeing “A Knight’s Tale” I did spend some time accessing my reasons why I liked this movie so much. Ultimately though I just went with the feeling of “Hey just be thankful something this fun and exciting comes along every now and then.”



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