When bullies corner teen Alex, he grabs the first thing handy in hopes of defending himself. That object turns out to be the sword Excalibur. Drawing the sword means that Alex, played by Louis Ashbourne Serkis (son of Andy “Gollum” Serkis) is now the new King Arthur. All he has to do next is assemble his Round Table of knights, connect with Merlin, and stop the world-ending plan created by Morgan Le Fay. No problem!
Joe Cornish, who previously introduced the world to John Boyega of Star Wars fame, writes and directs this clever and rollicking revamp of the King Arthur story. The cast is a mix of young new talents and fan-favorite stars such as Patrick Stewart, who plays Merlin’s true form, and Mission: Impossible — Fallout's Rebecca Ferguson.
Louis Ashbourne Serkis
Did You Know?
While being interviewed for the release of The Snowman (2017) in October 2017, Rebecca Ferguson spoke about her role in this movie, saying that she will literally be turning into a dragon.
Throughout the movie they are counting down to an upcoming solar eclipse. Yet the Moon each night gets more and more full with it being completely full the night before the eclipse. A solar eclipse can only happen on a new Moon approximately two weeks away from a full moon.
Details like these are delightful. So is the notion of Stonehenge as a transport hub to another temporal plane, and the spectacle of Alex and his dauntless cohorts in tin armor they’ve bought in a souvenir shop. What’s destructive, and eventually benumbing, is the kitchen-sink clutter of fantasy, reality, wish-fulfillment and glib enchantment. To say that the film lacks simplicity would be an oversimplification.