If you’ve been looking for a fantasy family film, then ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ is your perfect choice. It is based on the Arthurian legend and combined with modern times. This morality play features swashbuckling sword fights, big budget special effects, and clever humor. The director and writer of ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ is Joe Cornish, who was also the director of Attack the Block.
Louis Ashbourne Serkis stars as Alex and the story is set in an English suburb. The 12-year-old boy lives with his single mother, played by Denise Gough. Alex’s best friend, Bedders, played by Dean Chaumoo, is constantly bullied and he always defends him.
The torments are often caused by Lance and Kay, played by Tom Taylor and Rhianna Doris respectively. These torments make Alex question the ugliness and cruelty in the world. So, he ends up finding an old sword embedded in a rock pile one night. As soon as he removes the word, a chain of apocalyptic events starts to happen.
Rebecca Ferguson plays as the evil Morgana, who is awakened together with her armies who rise to capture the sword. Morgana has heard the call of Excalibur. The best friends, Alex and Bedders meet their new schoolmate, who claims that he’s the mythical wizard, Merlin.
The true King of England is the one who defeats the dark forces of Morgana and wields Excalibur. The main character, Alex, has to show that he is chivalrous, pure of heart, and courageous. His task is to raise his own army of good and turn enemies into allies. However, is Alex ready to embark on this dangerous quest?
Moreover, Alex has to explain his absence after the appearance of the sword and face the tribulations of adolescence. He grows as a person and becomes a hero. Alex is played by Louis Ashbourne Serkis, the son of actress Lorraine Ashbourne and motion capture icon Andy Serkis. The young boy plays the role brilliantly. One of the crucial aspects of the film is the Code of Chivalry
Besides Alex, his schoolmates also have to overcome their flaws to be worthy of knighthood. This movie realizes the idea that people can succeed in putting their differences aside for the common good. The director is really great that he manages to bring out the best in each character.
The finale of the film turns into an action spectacle. This film is distributed by 20th Century Fox and it’s a real treat for the whole family.