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Remember the 90s show Wishbone? It encouraged kids to read and opened their imaginations to the wonders of the world. I felt that The Kid Who Would Be King was the modern version of Wishbone, except instead of a dog we were given a wizard who could transform into an owl.
The film follows Alexander, a young boy who is the victim of daily bullying. He thinks he'll never become anything special. One night, after being chased down by two bullies, Alexander falls into a demolition site. He discovers a sword stuck in a stone slab. After he pulls it out, strange things start happening. It's only after he is reminded of the book that his father gave him that he discovers he is the modern-day descendant of the infamous King Arthur and must finish what his ancestor started: vanquish Morgana and banish her for good.
I walked away from the film with mixed feelings. I felt that the kids all did great jobs with the material they were given. That being said, Dean Chaumoo, who played Bedders, was more annoying than the bullies. This was Dean's first role ever, so he still has a lot of room for growth if he decides to stay in acting. At one point, he compares himself to Samwise Gamgee of The Lord of The Rings. I couldn't help but chuckle because Sam was never that whiny. Louis Serkis was impressive. Maybe it's in his blood considering his father is the brilliant Andy Serkis. Louis behaved intelligently and poured that heart and smarts into his performance. The only other standout of the film was Rebecca Ferguson, who proved she can be one amazingly creepy villain, even if her character was 90% CGI. Patrick Stewart's appearance as "old Merlin" was a nice surprise and put a giant smile on my face.
The writing was another reason why I'm mixed about the film. It was smart because it related the kids' troubles to society today and gave the new generation valuable moral lessons for their everyday lives. At the same time, it felt choppy and unbalanced and overlong. There's so many times that the script could have been reworked to cut out unnecessary randomness that ultimately led to very little payoff.
I did like how much heart and emotion was put into the film, especially when it came to Alexander's parents. There's a lot of children that can relate to him and his broken family, so maybe just maybe the film will help give kids a little comfort and a bit of courage as well.
In conclusion, the film was decent. I don't know that I'd recommend seeing it in theaters. If anything, wait for Netflix or Redbox before actually buying it. I give it a 2.5 out of 4.
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