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The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« on: January 27, 2019, 10:19:41 PM »
Joe Cornish's follow up to Attack The Block has finally arrived after all these years, and though it's not out in the UK until February 15th it was released in the US this weekend and unfortunately it's been a bit of a flop, only taking $7.25 million on it's opening weekend despite costing $59 million, and that's before you take the advertising budget in to account.

A pretty decent cam version has been released, it's the first time I've watched such a thing since The Phantom Menace as I don't normally approve of such things, but as I'm broke (and hate going to see kids films at the cinema as the audience is made up of annoying twats) and can't be arsed to wait until it's dvd release I thought I'd give it a go. Unfortunately it's something of a mixed bag, the action sequences are mostly strong and there's a few funny bits, but a lot of the dialogue is on the nose and the themes dealt with in a surprisingly blunt manner. I know it's a film meant for kids but that's no reason to spoon feed them in such a way, plenty of other similar films don't, and I doubt they'll enjoy being patronised unless really young. It's a shame as with a smarter script it could have been a great deal of fun, but as it is it's undoubtedly a flawed work. 6.4/10

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Re: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2019, 12:06:20 AM »
I suspected this might be doomed to failure purely because I used to loathe being referred to as a 'kid' in the days when I was in the target age group for this film. It's an awful film title.

Re: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2019, 12:47:51 AM »
It's that damn Buxton's fault.  He personally ensured that Stardust tanked 'n' all, didn't he?

Really wanted this to do great, and thought I'd like it what with all the casual name-dropping of John Boorman's Excalibur that Cornish has been doing. I wonder if the medieval period still captures the kids' imaginations the way it once did.

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Re: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2019, 01:07:14 AM »
Nepotistic casting, Harry Potter shite.

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Re: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2019, 01:31:51 AM »
Oh, I saw the trailer for this a bit back and wondered how it got made. Now I know Cornish is involved in actually interested. But how am I going to be able to see it in the cinema without looking like an absolute nonce?

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Re: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2019, 02:15:06 AM »
Oh, I saw the trailer for this a bit back and wondered how it got made. Now I know Cornish is involved in actually interested. But how am I going to be able to see it in the cinema without looking like an absolute nonce?

You can't. Proudly stroll up to the ticket desk, announce yourself as a child sex offender and get ready to enjoy the film!

Re: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2019, 07:08:06 AM »
It's that damn Buxton's fault.  He personally ensured that Stardust tanked 'n' all, didn't he?


I don't get it. What has Stardust got to do with Cornish?

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Re: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2019, 09:48:56 AM »
Oof. The trailer makes it look an extremely bog-standard post-Potter fantasy action film, but one that's arrived a decade too late to surf on the momentum of that franchise.

At least Attack The Block had the selling point of being a unique take on a genre, this doesn't appear to have anything new to add to an already tired landscape of kiddy wish fulfilment media.

That Mario Kart line, flipping heck Cornballs.

Re: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2019, 10:18:16 AM »
I don't get it. What has Stardust got to do with Cornish?

Adam Buxton's got a wee role in this as well.

Re: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2019, 12:01:38 PM »
Adam Buxton's got a wee role in this as well.

Didn't do Hot Fuzz any harm.

This is getting pretty good reviews in America I think

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Re: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2019, 12:39:05 PM »
I wonder if the medieval period still captures the kids' imaginations the way it once did.
I don't know about kids, but the last couple of years have seen Robin Hood and that King Arthur Daley film crash and burn at the box office, so it certainly seems like it's out of fashion with the general audience. Add to that the floppy failure of the recent Mummy and Tarzan films and it seems like public domain characters as a whole are box office poison.

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Re: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2019, 01:28:28 PM »
Oof. The trailer makes it look an extremely bog-standard post-Potter fantasy action film, but one that's arrived a decade too late to surf on the momentum of that franchise.

At least Attack The Block had the selling point of being a unique take on a genre, this doesn't appear to have anything new to add to an already tired landscape of kiddy wish fulfilment media.

That Mario Kart line, flipping heck Cornballs.

Even worse is the heavy handed moralising, by the end I was shouting at the screen as it was so patronising. It feels quite like an eighties movie in places too, remove mobile phones and the odd pop culture reference (and add shittier effects) and it could have easily passed for one. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it felt like most of it I'd seen before way too many times.

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Re: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2019, 09:21:25 PM »
It seems to be getting a lot of 'it's better than the trailer suggests' reviews, though I'm not sure how good a thing that is. It's a shame as I always want Cornish to smash the shit out of a career as director, and for about a decade now every little gasp of news about him helming a film has had me hopping with excitement, so I really really want this to be good. I watched Attack the Block again the other day and fuck it's a great, unique, interesting film. Even in a time of Edgar-Wright-alike British comedies, who else has done something like that, about those kinds of characters? No fucker. And bits of the trailers look quite charming - I like the gangly fuck, and the two main friends seem likeable, and I think when I was a kid this is exactly the kind of thing I would have absolutely LOVED to have written. I really hope the 'better than it suggests' reviews are genuine enjoyment and not just very faint praise.

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Re: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2019, 04:06:31 AM »
Big thumbs up from Kermit. Interestingly, he says he’s rethought ATB and apologised in person to Joe for his review. Did he get wind of the bit on the radio show where A&J unfavourably discuss his unfavourable review (assuming that did happen and I haven’t just imagined it)?