Movie review: The Kid Who Would Be King

Movie review: The Kid Who Would Be King

"The pressure on students these days is ridiculous"

Sticking its head out amongst the superheroes and super-sequels this half-term is The Kid Who Would Be King, the second feature from director Joe (Adam and Joe) Cornish. It’s a standard school day for Alex until he discovers Excalibur (yes, that one) along with his destiny in an abandoned building site. Time to forget about homework: time to save the world from a league of demons. The pressure on students these days is ridiculous.

Cornish has crafted a fun, family film that has heaps of heart, a moral compass which is unashamed of its bearings and which doesn’t pander to the parents. As a result, The Kid Who Would Be King feels more like 80’s classics ET: The Extra-Terrestrial and The Goonies than anything Pixar has recently put out. More films like this, please.

Showing now in cinemas across Birmingham


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