SIX REASONS WHY ‘A KNIGHT’S TALE’ STILL HOLDS UP AS A MEMORABLE CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE

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If you browse some of our recent content here, you’re likely to notice we’ve been re-watching and re-discovering older films again. One of these is this 2001 adventure film, and is one that I’ve learned still has multiple reasons to still love A Knight’s Tale. Not the least of which is its attitude to persevere.

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The film is a kind of silly, but still good adventure and action flick featuring the late Heath Ledger. In the film, Ledger plays a young, unpolished kid who was sent away by his father to ensure he’d have a better life. So far, all he succeeds at is being squire to a knight. But he has travelled and does learn about jousting and being a knight and more than anything, William wants to change his stars and become someone. Fate intervenes and William finds he just may have a chance to do these even if it poses a risk to him…

Since this is one I recently did re-watch and it’s an autumn, I thought I’d share five reasons to still love this film.


SIX REASONS TO STILL LOVE A KNIGHT’S TALE


COMEDY

The comedy of this is unmatched. It’s silly at times, but the comedy, largely thanks to Paul Bettany is hilarious.

COURAGE

Courage is a big theme of this film. This is something the hero exemplifies and even grows more into this attribute with a mature more balanced view of this. Courage doesn’t always have to look like something big or grand or dangerous. Sometimes it’s taking that step to challenge yourself in a job. Or maybe it’s making a more drastic change. Or perhaps it’s doing the right albeit hard thing that benefits the other person. Sadly, courage is something lacking in culture today and yet to me, is, in the words of Taylor Swift, something that should never go out of style.

FRIENDSHIP

This has different forms and views on friendship, but mostly, it’s all fun and interesting.

GALLANTRY

In some ways, courage and being gallant do walk hand in hand. At least this is where this story goes. But at the same time, it doesn’t always require courage to be gallant. Being so sounds like a big task, but sometimes it’s as simple as holding a door open. This film exemplifies so many things I wish we would still see in culture. Just because holding open a door or bringing a bouquet of flowers or being loyal is dubbed old-fashioned or mocked, doesn’t mean it is.

JUXTAPOSITION of GENRES

The juxtaposition of genres in this is… a trip. It’s not a traditional or “authentic” period drama but it’s not a contemporary film either. Instead, it combines the two in a way that just works for these characters and production.

WILLIAM, the hero

As an add on, I have to include our hero, William. Even though who he is is covered in many of our heading qualities, he still deserves one of his own because he’s a cool and good dude deserving of being considered a favorite character.

Have you seen this one? What do you loathe or love about it? Is it one you re-watch often? Would you watch it? Comment all of your thoughts below. Let’s meet in the comments.

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