Movie Review: Knight King – The Reviews Hub

Writer and Director:: Richard Bates Jr.


Historically, witches have had a bad reputation in the United States. They have been equated with the communists. It took more than three hundred years to exonerate the last of the Salem witches. Robert Bates movie knight king challenge old assumptions. It portrays followers of Wicca as ordinary people who take Ubers, care about body image and, a point perhaps overemphasized, have digestive systems.

Eight thirty-something social misfits have found their tribe in a coven of modern witches. It turns out that there are four couples, proving that there is someone for everyone. They recognize Thorn (Matthew Gray Gubler) as their leader, because he is the most charismatic, the relative of all. When a series of emails from a mysterious woman forces Thorn to admit the truth about his past, the coven, like any organization that claims to “promote inclusion,” has clear boundaries. In addition to the rejection, Thorn has to deal with the terror of having to dance at his high school reunion; as his life partner Willow (Angela Sarafyan) points out, he “can’t even spiral dance, and that’s just going around in circles.” Having accidentally drunk an entire vial of a powerful hallucinogen, he has an epiphany, thankfully just shown in a clever animation by Nabeeh Bilal, in a toilet. Meanwhile, his classmates decide to support him after all and make a notting hill packed car race style until the reunion, where he and Willow defy convention in a way that slightly undermines the notion that witches are just normal people.

Bates’ script will delight some and irritate others. It’s full of puns and there’s a laborious joke about a dog’s name. Humor is mostly scatological. In a scene no doubt destined to become a cult favorite, the coven discusses whether “everyone has poo on their butts.” (Willow is a nurse, so she says ‘colon’ too). He is funny because of the way each one reacts (mainly repeating the phrase), although as a metaphor he doesn’t say anything profound. Bates convinced the actors that “no matter how ridiculous you’re saying…you’re not in a comedy…you’re in Sofia’s Choice’. As a result, when Sarafyan says, ‘Now go home and express that love with your penis,’ her voice is ethereal and her face is serious. There are one or two questionable moments. The nicest people are surprisingly quick to deliver resounding slaps; and kissing someone when tied up can be a declaration of love, or it can be sexual assault.

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The characters are exaggerated, but their problems are recognizable and, despite the adolescent humor, treated with respect. One of the witches, Neptune, has her own uncomfortable truth about her. Poignantly played by Josh Fadem, she repeats it with growing certainty, as the camera focuses on her twisted hands. One character barely explored is Thorn’s mother, Ruth, played by seasoned horror actress Barbara Crampton. To her son, she is an unforgivable source of anguish, but the glimpse we get into her life suggests that she, too, deserves understanding, and her role turns out to be tantalizingly significant. Swati Kapila, who doesn’t appear until the final act, brings a burst of fresh energy, and her sword-wielding scene is a fitting prologue to Thorn’s brave act of self-expression, a kind of daddy dance executed with comic sincerity. . .

At first, with people dressed in white jumping and waving ribbons in slow motion, King Knight looks alarmingly like midsummer, without the wardrobe budget. In fact, it’s rather endearingly silly and benignly funny, reminding you that everyone is carrying around scraps that would be better off without them. Including all those witches.

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