A Knight's Tale
A Knight's Tale
PG-13 | 11 May 2001 (USA)
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William Thatcher, a knight's peasant apprentice, gets a chance at glory when the knight dies suddenly mid-tournament. Posing as a knight himself, William won't stop until he's crowned tournament champion—assuming matters of the heart don't get in the way.


You won't be disappointed!


After playing with our expectations, this turns out to be a very different sort of film.

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The movie turns out to be a little better than the average. Starting from a romantic formula often seen in the cinema, it ends in the most predictable (and somewhat bland) way.

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Jenni Devyn

Worth seeing just to witness how winsome it is.


A Knight's Tale is a really nice movie. This is typically the kind of movie that plays the card of pure entertainment, and that does it very well. The casting is a big asset of the film. Congratulations to all, because the actors do not evolve in a Middle Age purely serious, but so far they do not camp it up to excess, they do not make tons, and we can finally believe in their characters. They are all very digestible, even those who have the most delicate roles (Paul Bettany, Alan Tudyk for example), and those who are more current (as Laura Fraser, blacksmith woman, with a small social message, but it pass very well). The actors are totally in the relaxation, lightness, Ledger and Sewell form a super confrontation, and the supporting roles work brilliantly, in short, we spend a very good time with these actors. The strength of the film is also to be at the same time very second degree, using for example a 1970's soundtrack (very good), and contemporary references, while having made a real documentary work on the period (one feels it for example the absence of benches in the church). The film reminds me a bit of Coppola's Marie-Antoinette, with this mix between a true documentary precision and a distance always tasteful with the time. The mixture often insupposes me by the shapeless dish that results, but here it is brilliant. The story is entertaining, moral, full of romance. I will regret a little hasty appearance of certain events, and not very credible things in the management of time and space. But hey, if you do not look too much on the chain of events, it's a minor concern. Visually it's solid. Beautiful scenes of jousting (it's rare to see that in a film), a neat reconstruction, beautiful scenery, costumes for some audacious, and a staging at the height, A Knight's Tale is an elegant film, with a good budget and who know to exploit it to be an aesthetic film and very appreciable. As I said before, musically the use of songs of the 1970's is particularly very good. Frankly, A Knight's Tale is a very entertaining all-public movie, and a must-have for anyone who loves the Middle Ages. Very second degree, light, it's romantic, dynamic, fun, in short, it's 2 hours and some fun.9/10

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You certainly won't find historical accuracy in this movie, but surprisingly, it depicts a larger amount of accuracy than was intended...This portrayal presents the class structure of medieval England in a totally entertaining way, actually making fun of what was likely a hard and drab existence for the lower classes...a rather ingenious addition is the insertion of modern music and antics, woven within the story line. Most of you will come away with a smile, if not laughing out loud...really, the script and irreverent antics of the principal characters is just that perfect for a fun time...So, leave the critical side of you behind, and just enjoy...

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Jeffrey Cheng

I watched this movies in my high school social's class. We were doing a unit on knights, and i was ready to pull my out my iPod to spend a class playing clash of clans, but the intro immediately caught my attention because the production levels seemed quite good.The movie was great, although character depth could've been better. A lot of weird characters coming out at random times, got me a bit confused. The ending seemed a bit stretched out and haphazard, but i still enjoyed it.Heath ledger was fantastic once again, and i really appreciated how this wasn't all about love. Very underrated, thoroughly enjoyed!

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I saw this movie as a kid when it came out. Now i re-watched it, and boy does it hold up. The continuity and logic of the film isn't perfect. Neither is the realism highest priority. This movie portrays the action of tournaments, challenge of love and fun of friendship. If this sounds cliché, then you got it. But it's whole- heartedly approach makes it work!With a modernized medieval era, this movie shines in it's wonderful casting. Not only a stellar (if simple) performance by Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany and Alan Tyduk are PERFECT.

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