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|Original title:||The Kid Who Would Be King|
|Production country:||Großbritannien 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 120 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) is not exactly one of the strongest or most athletic children at his school. Nevertheless, he always bravely appears against the school hooligans Lance (Tom Taylor) and Kaye (Rhianna Dorris) when they once again harass his best friend Bedders (Deam Chaumoo). When they want to take revenge and ambush Alex after school, the boy flees and ends up in an excavation pit. Here he discovers an old sword, which he easily pulls out of a stone. He's kicking off a series of incredible events. Suddenly a new student (Angus Imrie) appears, who turns out to be the old magician Merlin (Patrick Stewart). He tells Alex that he is a descendant of the legendary King Arthur and that only he can prevent the evil magician Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson) from regaining her old power. Because then all of humanity would be in danger. But in order to compete against Morgana, Alex has to enter an unexpected community, which seems not to be up to the enormous danger waiting for her…
With "If You Were King" Joe Cornish delivers the long-awaited sequel to his cult alien invasion thriller "Attack the Block" from 2011. Cornish tells a modern version of the King Arthus saga, which is primarily aimed at older children. But you can also have a lot of fun as an adult with the sometimes wonderfully weird humor, the charming characters and the clever play with old myths. While watching the film, I kept thinking that I loved this funny and exciting adventure film as a 12-year-old boy.
The humor is childlike, but never silly. Unfortunately, this has almost become a rarity in children's and youth films. Moreover, Cornish shuns exaggerations and achieves that the evil magician and her lackeys are really creepy or even fearsome, especially for younger viewers. This makes the movie very well done, but could also cause some nightmares with children under 10 years. But don't worry: "If you were king" may be a bit gloomy here and there, but it's primarily fun and offers many really good laughs. Most of them go to the account of the young Merlin, who is wonderfully quirky impersonated by Angus Imrie.
The young actors, above all Louis Ashbourne Serkis (son of Motion Capture King Andy Serkis), can convince away by the bank. Your game appears pleasantly natural and unobtrusive, which makes not only the humorous scenes work very well. Even the more serious moments they master very credibly. And the film also has some of them to offer, which Cornish implemented with a sensitive hand, without ever making them seem too masterly or too kitschy.
In the end there are some flaws in the CGI-effects to be detected. And the finale can be described as a little overdrawn. But the bottom line is that "If you were king" is an all-round successful cinema adventure for children and the young at heart, which is funny and exciting, but also hits the heart. Only the age rating from 6 years is not completely comprehensible due to some scenes. Nevertheless: Absolutely worth seeing!
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