(2019) (Louis Armstrong Serkis, Dean Chaumo) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Fantasy/Adventure: A 12-year-old boy comes into possession of the legendary sword Excalibur and must gather a group of kids as his knights to fend off an evil sorceress.
- Alex Elliott (LOUIS ASHBOURNE SERKIS) is a 12-year-old kid living in London with his single mom (DENISE GOUGH). His best friend is Bedders (DEAN CHAUMOO) and they must contend with bullies at their school, including the slightly older Lance (TOM TAYLOR) and Kaye (RHIANNA DORRIS). While fleeing from them during one such incident, Alex ends up in a construction demolition site at night where he spots a sword sticking up out of some concrete.
He pulls it out, unaware that it's the legendary Excalibur, once owned by King Arthur who long ago banished his half-sister Morgana (REBECCA FERGUSON) to the underworld for having turned to evil and thus ending up at odds with him and the knights of his round table. Alex also doesn't know that Morgana has been awakened by unrest and divisions around the world and is growing stronger by the day, desiring to return to the surface, claim Excalibur for her own and enslave everyone.
But Arthur's former wizard, Merlin (PATRICK STEWART), is aware of this and that she'll make her appearance in just four days during a solar eclipse. Accordingly, he adopts the guise of a teenager, Mertin (ANGUS IMRIE), in order not to scare away Alex while informing him of this development and educating him about what to do.
Alex initially doesn't believe any of it but after a run-in with Morgana's demon-like undead knights that emerge from the ground at night and come after him and Bedders, he changes his mind. Trying to enlist the aid of Lance and Kaye and turn them from enemies into allies, Alex tries to summon up the courage for the battle that will soon envelop him and his friends.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Since it features kids as the main characters, it's probably a good bet it will appeal to similarly aged viewers.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For fantasy action violence, scary images, thematic elements including some bullying, and language.
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