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A Knight's Tale
A Knight's Tale (Soundtrack)
A Knight's Tale (Soundtrack - Score)
The Canterbury Tales, in Modern English (Paperback)

A Knight's Tale Review

Directed By: Brian Helgeland.
Starring: Heath Ledger , Mark Addy , James Purefoy , Rufus Sewell , Paul Bettany , Alan Tudyk , Laura Fraser.

Synopsis: Inspired by 'The Canterbury Tales', this is the story of William, a young squire with a gift for jousting. After his master dies suddenly, the squire hits the road with his cohorts Roland and Wat. On the journey, they stumble across an unknown writer, Chaucer. William, lacking a proper pedigree, convinces Chaucer to forge genealogy documents that will pass him off as a knight. With his newly-minted history in hand, the young man sets out to prove himself a worthy knight at the country's jousting competition, and finds romance along the way.

There seems to be a lot of this going on, the meshing of period piece and modern twists and music. The sad thing is, in A Knight's Tale at least, this actually harms the picture whereas in Moulin Rouge, it lifted the film up. A very fine line to walk there it seems.

The music is my main dislike of the film...a few other things I rolled my eyes at, like the Nike Swoop being emblazoned on the armour, a cheap reference joke at best, but the music really destroyed the mood of the film. Save for one scene where they revamped David Bowie's Golden Years for a dance sequence. Don't get me wrong, I love the tunes they used...I just think that if, perhaps they had simply used modern music and placed it in context more often it wouldn't have bothered me, or drawn attention to itself as much. Either way, this is a whiney, nit-picky thing at best.

The cast is the real gem of this film. Heath Ledger, already well-loved by the female population for his starring turn in Ten Things I Hate About You is completely in control of this film and bound to become bigger as a result of it. But some of the smaller roles are also worth noting.

Rufus Sewell gets the standard 'bad guy' role and seems to enjoy being cruel and nasty whenever possible. But the real stand out was this guy James Purefoy who played Edward, The Black Prince of Wales. He has only a brief time on screen but for some reason, every time he is there, he just steals every bit of attention and holds it for his own. Amazing stuff from this man, and with a long filmography to his name to go back and check out his older stuff.

Then there is the 'crew' surrounding Heath Ledger. Paul Bettany as the writer Geoffrey Chaucer (the aforementioned Canterbury Tales), Mark Addy (playing Roland), Laura Fraser (Kate) and the fascinatingly incomprehensible Alan Tudyk (Wat) all make the film just that much better as characters that are interesting, funny, and people you wouldn't mind having on your team if you needed to take up a lance and thrust it into someone's chest plate.

Directed by Brian Helgeland (who directed most of Payback but had a disagreement over the ending and wrote both Payback and L.A. Confidential) is a talent behind the scenes to keep your eye on. In fact, his next film, The Sin Eater, he has brought back a portion of the cast of A Knight's Tale (Heath, Addy, and Shannyn Sossamon). He also adapted the screenplay of Bloodwork for Clint Eastwood. So check these out when they arrive in theatres!

All in all A Knight's Tale gets a solid 3.5 stars out of would have been an easy four, but again, the music...sigh...the music!

Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul

DVD Information:

Special Features:
Brian Helgeland and Paul Bettany Commentary
HBO Making-Of Special
11 Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes
Deleted Scenes with Filmmaker's Intros
Music Video
Website Link
Theatrical Trailers
Animated Menus
Production Notes
Scene Selections
DVD-ROM Includes Exclusive Knight's Tale 3-D Screensaver

Video: Widescreen 2.35:1 (Anamorphic)

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo

The DVD Review:
A fully loaded DVD including commentary and outtakes/cut scenes...I always love outtakes and cut scenes..

I would say that if you are a fan of this movie, then this is a solid disc worth owning, however, what with the huge loading up of featurette's, commentary and so on and so forth, I honestly don't see the studio screwing you over and releasing a Super Collector's Edition simply because I can't see what elese they would cram on the disc!

Evil Ash

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