A huge thank you to 20th Century Fox for sending us to NYC to experience The Kid Who Would Be King press event! All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
When I first saw the trailer for The Kid Who Would Be King, I was super excited! This looked like a movie that I could take my oldest daughter to see and we would both enjoy it. There is a lot of sorcery and it seemed like a fun new take on the story of King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone. So imagine how excited my daughter and I were when Fox invited us to NYC to see the movie before it hit theaters! Honestly, we were both blown away. This movie was better than I could have ever imagined, and I can’t wait to see it again!
It Is So Relevant
I was shocked at how relevant The Kid Who Would Be King is. Morgana is able to grow stronger again because of the turmoil our world is in. People are greedy, leaders are corrupt, and we are fighting with each other. In the lore, King Arthur was able to defeat her by turning foes in to allies, and our world is far beyond that right now. At the end of the film, Merlin has a quote that really resonated with me. “The world is only as good as it’s leaders.” How true is that? Something humanity really needs to think about as a whole.
Great Lessons To Be Learned
There are so many great lessons to learn from The Kid Who Would Be King. Not only does Alex recruit his bullies to be his allies, he teaches them lessons in doing so. They all join forces to defeat a greater evil. We learn that evil was able to thrive because of how humans were treating each other. We also learn some pretty important values that are part of the knight’s code, but should also be things we all live by. Be a nice person, don’t lie, love each other. Simple, isn’t it?
I loved seeing the camaraderie between Alex, Bedder, Lance, and Kay in this film. Oh, and we cannot forget Merlin. I laughed and laughed, I grew nervous for them, I cheered them on, and I maybe even teared up once or twice. This is a movie that every kid, and parent, should see because it will show them how they really should treat each other.
Is It Too Scary?
My daughter is almost 8 and she loved it. She really enjoyed it and said that there were some creepy parts, but nothing scared her. I think that my 6 year old would have been frightened in some parts. Not so much the flaming undead zombie knights, but the whispering of Morgana. That part even creeped me out a little! It is totally necessary to the story and really drives home some points, but it might make this movie one to watch at home if your kids are 6 or under (or scare easily).
Overall, I give this movie a 9/10. It is a little bit predictable, a tad scary, but overall really important. A fun new take on the story of The Sword and The Stone that is sure to be a hit with many families. Merlin (young and old) stole every scene he was in. The battles were epic. And Morgana made a great villain that everyone will love to hate. It will teach you that evil thrives when we fight with each other. The Kid Who Would Be King gave me a great deal to think about – making it something every adult should see.
We learned some great inside information during the press conference, so stay tuned for more on that!
About The Kid Who Would Be King
Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.