Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex (Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.


It's taken eight years for Joe Cornish to follow up his debut feature Attack the Block, but it was worth the wait. A superior kid's adventure film with real heart, big laughs and ambitious scope, led by an impressive young cast including Brit acting royalty offspring Louis Ashbourne Serkis and Angus Imrie. Fine support too on the adult side with Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Ferguson and Denise Gough.

Adam & Joe fans are well catered for too with a brief amusing cameo from Dr. Buckles (Adam Buxton) himself. Bonus points also for introducing a sense of peril and horror rarely seen in kid's films since the 80s (having said that, there probably should have been a tonne more child death in its impressive climax than there was).

It certainly deserves a better reception than it got in regards to box office in the US.

By Kevin Knapman

The Kid Who Would Be King (PG)


Director: Joe Cornish
Starring: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart

UK Release: Friday 15th February 2019

The Kid Who Would Be King - "I can Prove It" Clip

The Kid Who Would Be King - "Maybe It's a Prank" Clip

The Kid Who Would Be King - "Training" Clip

The Kid Who Would Be King - "Meet Merlin"