A Knight's Tale (2001)
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Why do most of the reviews I've seen say that this movie is terrible? It was fantastic! Action-packed, romance-laced and comedy-filled, Heath Ledger totally puts this movie up there with classics such as The Princess Bride, and in my opinion this movie even goes even higher than that.
And I gotta say, the music just made it that little bit better.
A Knight's Tale was sold as a sort of anachronistic musical, à la Moulin Rouge, but it certainly doesn't do enough of that, and indeed, the modern music and the princess' haute couture looks merely distract from what was, at its core, a pretty good "peasant to knight" story, wrapped in the tropes of a sports movie (unusually, jousting). And as a sports movie, it works! So I do wish they'd used modernisms the way Shakespeare in Love did, to name a good example, where the historical period is well rendered, but it's obviously about show business. Or in this film's case, about sports culture. I feel like A Knight's Tale does a lot of research into its main subject matter, and even goes so far as to set it within the months where we have no record of what Chaucer was doing so he could be a part of it (and Paul Bettany in the role, turning the Canterbury Tales' poet into history's fight fight promoter, completely steals the show), and then throws it all away by trying to appeal to a mainstream audience. Either it should have gone for it, or left those elements out completely. But still fun.
So many hilarious scenes, but also action, romance... so entertaining and lovely!
Heath Ledger and Paul Bettany were fabulous, but actually I really loved all of the cast. A real must-see movie!
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