Review Date: November 24, 2003
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Jeff Maguire, George Nolfi
Producers: Richard Donner, Lauren Shuler Donner, Jim Van Wyck
I did like how one of the characters decided that he'd rather stay back in the day and get some 'tang than hook up with his buddies and come back home the first time around though. Way to prioritize, dude. Those French girls will do that to you every time. The film was also not helped by its lackluster cast, all of whom were competent, but none of which stood out or energized the movie on any level. Walker basically just "acted" with his hair and eyes, while Billy Connolly and Butler decided that overemphasizing their accents would be the way to go. It didn't help that the great David Thewlis was criminally underused as well. Oh, Neal McDonough was the mack though. But at the end of the day, the film's biggest weakness was its story. Couldn't they come up with anything more exciting than a small village (with a few huts thrown around) being overrun by a bunch of extras in armor? I didn't care about any of the main players in this movie and even less about the jokers to whom we were briskly introduced in the medieval times or any of their supposed "romantic" feelings toward one another. Overall, the film did manage to keep things moving pretty swiftly and despite feeling a little long near the end, provided for some decent action to round things off, specifically the catapult fire-fights as well as the tension built therein. That said, the film is a video rental at best and a shit movie at worst. The former for now, but who knows how I'll feel about it tomorrow morning, after I awaken from my drunken stupor. As for my "critical quote", check this one out: "If you loved A KNIGHT'S TALE or THE TIME MACHINE...rent those instead!" Es tu, Dick Donner?