Today we’re talking about the 2001 film A Knight’s Tale.
Someone thought that a sports/underdog movie should be done with jousting. It works, but it’s a paint by the numbers of all other sports movies.
The love story is trite and despite vaguely hinting at feminism, doesn’t feel authentic.
With a combination of fantastic actors and well written dialogue, the film is filled with likable characters. From the trustworthy Roland to the hothead Wat. The addition of Chaucer was a wonderful nod.
The only disappointing thing was how utterly white the movie was. All the main characters and all the crowds.
Anachronistic, like the rest of the film, but filled with great little gems that I still quote today.
Visuals and Music
Again, I’ll complain about the lack of colour. Not just race but lack of bright vibrant colours. Other than Jocelyn there’s no vibrant colours. It would have made the joust easier to follow and been more historically accurate.
However the cinematography and sets are fantastic.
The music was a great combination of rock and sports score.
This is an exciting movie, but it’s a little long and my kids got bored. The jousting could have been done better with more colours and less early 2000’s shaky-cam.
It was, however, a lot of fun.
Oddly dated to the 2000’s aesthetic of jock and sports culture, lacking any sort of diversity. The movie has a boring love story with an exciting sports story arc. In the end, it’s the quality of the actors, the emotion, and the dialogue that stand out.
Final Score: 3 Stars out of 5