If I were 10 years old, The Kid Who Would Be King would be my favourite movie. I’d watch it every day, twice on Sunday, run wild with a fake sword, and pretend to save the world with my friends. As an adult, the film didn’t have quite that impact on me, but it’s easy to recognise its earnest joyfulness that taps into those childlike feelings. For better or worse, it feels like a movie from another time.
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Video: The first trailer for The Kid Who Would Be King, from the director of Attack the Block, looks to be your classic cheesy family fare, about a boy who finds the Sword of Excalibur and trains an army of tweens to fight fiery demons from Hell. Wait, hold on a second.
Sidekicks. Always there to lend a helping hand, or sword, or wand, as the case may be. A hero is nothing without his or her sidekick, but these companions rarely get the recognition they deserve. A few second bananas may get the spotlight on occasion -- your Robins, your Chewbaccas, your Igors -- but they all originated in comics, films, or on TV. This list is for the truly forgotten, the most overlooked of the overlooked. Here is a ranking of the top 10 best science fiction and fantasy sidekicks that originated in books.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword star Charlie Hunnam wants a second chance to be on Game of Thrones, after he said he turned down his last offer to guest on the show. I'm hoping GoT reconsiders because all I want is to see King Arthur show up in Westeros for no damn reason, even if it doesn't make sense in any world.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword isn't really about King Arthur. It's more the origin story of a boy named Arthur, one who will eventually become a king. So it's fitting that the best parts of the film have nothing to do with swords, kingdoms, knights, or anything like that. King Arthur is primarily a medieval gangster film, and that's when the movie is at its best.
Video: Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. It's the first solid look at the movie since the San Diego Comic-Con trailer premiered last year, and folks, we have yet another Chosen One on our hands. Also, this movie looks bananas.
Adaptations of King Arthur stories are evergreen, but it looks like the coming months will be a boom time for projects inspired by the legend. There's Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, due in March; Transformers: The Last Knight, due in June; and a just-announced new Fox show titled Camelot, an adaptation set in modern New York City and which is utterly bananas.