The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

Joe Cornish directs Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Denise Gough and Dean Chaumoo in the British children’s adventure movie about an average boy who draws Excalibur from the stone unleashing Arthurian fantasy into the present day.

This feels very much like six episodes of a teatime 90s CBBC show spliced together into feature length. But what might have been a highlight of “The Broom Cupboard” doesn’t really hold muster in the modern multiplex. The limitations show constantly. The FX aren’t bad but they aren’t awe inspiringly great. The banter isn’t particularly funny, but fits nicely in the kids’ mouths. The performances are a bit guileless but don’t grate. The adventure plods along gently but never gets the heart racing. Sadly the best thing you can say about Joe Cornish rather staid fantasy meets Grange Hill mash-up is the animated credit sequence setting out Arthurian legend is eye catching and wonderous. The film it acts as prologue to is terminally adequate.

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My Top 10 Children’s Adventure Movies

1. Back to the Future (1985)
2. Stand By Me (1986)
3. The Jungle Book (2016)
4. Back To The Future Part 2 (1989)
5. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
6. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

7. Walkabout (1971)
8. Return to Oz (1985)
9. Jurassic Park (1993)
10. The Goonies (1985)

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