Eight years after Attack the Block, Joe Cornish returns to directing with an action-adventure epic for kids that updates Arthurian legend to the London suburbs with wit and bottomless charm. This nostalgic-for-the-80s tale of a 12-year-old boy who must defeat Arthur’s evil half-sister Morgana might leave you hankering for the edge or cult appeal of ATB, but the movie’s Tefal-coated optimism is 100% resistant to all forms of cynicism.
Andy Serkis’s son Louis plays Alex, a likable kid who’s running away from bullies when he pulls Arthur’s sword Excalibur out of a chunk of concrete on a building site. It takes the arrival of Merlin – ageing backwards, he’s a teenager in a duffel coat played by Angus Imrie – to explain that Alex must defeat Morgana and her army of undead demon knights. With his best mate Bedders, Alex gathers a crew of knights to save the Earth.
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The movie plays as a kind of Tiddly Thrones, a gateway drug for kids into harder fantasy, though the so-so CGI is unlikely to scare even little ones. After Attack the Block, Cornish worked on scripts for Hollywood movies, but here his English sense of humour is back with a vengeance. In the film’s best gag Merlin frets: where in London can he find beaver...
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