A Knight’s Tale (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 2001.   Columbia Pictures Corporation, Escape Artists, Finestkind, Black and Blu Entertainment.   Screenplay by Brian Helgeland.   Cinematography by .   Produced by , Brian Helgeland, .   Music by .   Production Design by .   Costume Design by .   Film Editing by .   

 plays William, a Knight’s servant who decides upon his master’s death to take up the lance and place in a jousting tournament. The success of his first attempt gives him the confidence to keep on competing under an assumed name, exasperating his two humourous friends (, ) who are terrified because any revelation of William’s humble origins will get them all executed. Soon William finds himself a top knight, competing with the evil villain in black () and trying to win the heart of the lovely Lady Jocelyn (, a club DJ making a fine acting debut). The film’s best asset is its cheeky use of anachronisms: crowds that sing the music of Queen, mediaeval dances that blend into David Bowie, Nike symbols on the armour.  The very lively performances give it much more life than it necessarily deserves for a story so routine. is exceptional as a trailblazing blacksmith, and steals the show as the very humourous Geoffrey Chaucer, upon whose stories the plot is very loosely based.

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