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Knightriders Reviews

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½ December 29, 2011
Probably Ed Harris and George Romeo's strangest film, but it's actually pretty good.
November 27, 2011
want to see it bcause of Savini.
½ July 14, 2011
Much too long but there is no other film quite like it so it's worth a look.
March 7, 2011
Weird biker drama set in a renaissance fair environment.
Sometimes it's close to actually make a point, but most of the time it's just tournaments with motorcycles.

To be that weird it is still quite funny here and there and watching anything with Ed Harris after this makes it impossible to take him seriously again.

There is fight for justice and for unjustice, for drugs, having a good time, money and even a embedded gay lovestory.

Parts of the biker/middle age works, other parts are just a mess

Some people call this the true epic of Arthur as it should be told, others call this just a abad trip. I'm somwhere inbetween
February 4, 2011
While there aren't any zombies in it this may well be Romero's Magnum opus. All his ideas and themes are here but presented, not horrifically, but as heroic, Utopian ideals. Where his Dead films are bleak social critiques and his films Martin and The Crazies are perhaps his most terminal lamentations about America, this is a staggering work of idealism. It is a generous film and that is its major flaw, running too long and being at times even sentimental with its ensemble cast. And Romero is a bit over indulgent at times with his characters. Though for the most part its a joy to watch, and there is way too much going on in this film to dismiss it as a failed labor of love . It works on so many levels: the death of 1970's idealism and the change from individualism to self-indulgence manifested in a subverted Arthurian legend with elements of Cervantes. Or consider its archetypal road film/ spiritual journey. This is Romero's most beautifully shot film, and while the film's last third loses steam it is gorgeous to look at. In its composition and desire to break free it even recalls classical Godard. If it weren't so long this would be one of the cult-classic films.
½ December 13, 2010
This movie goes nowhere fast.I figured hey George Romero Ed Harris Tom Savini and Richard P. Rubenstein who produced alot of good shows and movies in the horror sci fi Genre how could you go wrong.Well you can Yeah Ed harris always does a good job and Tom Savini is comical but hearing some other critics(not that im a critic mind you) call this an epic is a joke .the best part of the movie is Stephen Kings cameo and the bike stunt work.Otherwise Its boring and kinda pointless. Big george should stick to what he does best.
½ December 1, 2010
Severely underrated film by George Romero. Although it is a bit too long, Knightriders is fun and surprisingly poignant film about a jousting motorcycle gang. Great performances by Ed Harris and Tom Savini and an incredibly affecting ending. One of Romero's best.
½ November 14, 2010
Pretty slow and long (2.5 hours!?!), and although interesting at times, not much really happens. I kept waiting for some main plot point to emerge, but it was just a bunch of small occurrences that were quickly resolved. All that being said, the ending goes completely off the rails, but oddly makes watching the whole thing seem worth it.
dietmountaindew
Super Reviewer
½ October 26, 2010
if you're interested in real life "interactive drama" on arthurian tales, you might be interested in this picture. interactive drama is the forefather of on-line video game. and its even earlier form is table-game. arthurian interactive drama is about a bunch of people who wanna impersonate the characters in arthurian legend, follow the basic rules and characteristics of their roles then immerse themselves in that fictional lifestyle. pretty much like war of warcraft put into reality-play. now this movie is about interactive drama lifestyle blended with motorcycle gang. the puritanical version of hell angels because the leader of the gang insists his crew live by the moral codes of arthur. and in the dialogues, they even bring out marlon brando's "the wild one" (narcissitic self-beautification also for the hell's angels in that hunter thompson's documentary book)...

knightriders is kinda experimentally shot and only those who play interactive drama would be interested in it. but frankly interative drama is an absurd idea for me, an escapism, and i cannot help but feel ridiculous when i see those people dress in cheap-materialed costumes and live in a virtual world which really looks too fake to take it seriously. and i also feel strange about why that cult gives such an importance over that role-playing thing they do, and how they make a living? wouldn't that be boring to behave like that 24 hours a day? maybe that're just prejudices out of my criticial mind which demand high sense of realism.

it's just like someone weeps over the death of his on-line game character...you feel like to laugh but he's so upset that you try to dissolve your contempt and lessen it into apathy.
September 21, 2010
109th Movie of 2010!

A highly unusual, sort-of mess of a movie. But still very well made, and it's eccentricities help it become perhaps the best movie Romero ever made that doesn't include rotting flesh.
½ July 29, 2010
Romero : le nom de ce rĂ©alisateur Ă©voque immĂ©diatement Ă  lâ??esprit des amateurs de cinĂ©ma de genre lâ??image dâ??une horde de mort-vivants se nourrissant de chair humaine. Si le rĂ©alisateur figure dans les livres dâ??histoire du cinĂ©ma, câ??est bien sĂ»r pour sa cĂ©lèbre sĂ©rie des Living dead commencĂ©e en 1968. Dès le dĂ©part, lâ??oncle George explorait la psychologie dâ??un microcosme en situation de crise majeure et jetait un regard dĂ©sabusĂ© et nihiliste sur les capacitĂ©s de lâ??humanitĂ© Ă  relever le dĂ©fi. Ajoutons un regard acerbe sur toutes les reprĂ©sentations de lâ??AutoritĂ© et nous avons, avec le lĂ©gendaire Night of the Living Dead, un film qui nâ??a absolument rien perdu de son pouvoir de subversion. En 1978, Dawn of the Dead (passons le mineur et peu intĂ©ressant The Crazies de 1973) donnait Ă  la sĂ©rie un souffle quasi-Ă©pique. Chef dâ??Ĺ?uvre du genre, on y trouve encore les Ă©lĂ©ments caractĂ©ristiques de Romero : commentaire social (cette fois sur la sociĂ©tĂ© de consommation : le film, Ă  ce sujet, nâ??a absolument rien perdu de sa fraĂ®cheur), caractĂ©risation multidimensionnelle des personnages, pessimisme et une certaine dose dâ??autodĂ©rision.
Avec deux films dâ??horreur qui ont, en 2010, atteint le statut de quasi-lĂ©gende, dĂ©couvrir le catalogue de Romero autre que la mythique sĂ©rie est une expĂ©rience aussi intrigante que satisfaisante. Paru en 1981, Knightrider est unique en son genre (et pas seulement dans lâ??Ĺ?uvre de son auteurâ?¦). Les prĂ©misses paraĂ®tront de primes abords dâ??un ridicule consommĂ© (et Romero ne manque pas de sâ??en moquer un peu) : des motards recrĂ©ent des tournois mĂ©diĂ©vaux en joutant sur leurs motos!
Avec ce film, Romero prouve Ă  nouveau quâ??il nâ??est pas le genre dâ??auteur que lâ??on doit prendre Ă  la lĂ©gère. Le rĂ©alisateur se sert du canevas de la lĂ©gende arthurienne (les chevaliers les plus connus y sont tous reprĂ©sentĂ©s dâ??une façon ou dâ??une autre, de mĂŞme que les moments-clĂ©s du mythe) pour explorer les thèmes de la dĂ©cadence de la civilisation amĂ©ricaine et de la corruption des idĂ©aux. Dans un de ses premiers rĂ´les, Ed Harris a la vĂ©ritable carrure dâ??un roi et son personnage, empreint dâ??une mĂ©lancolie constante, est la reprĂ©sentation pure et simple de la survie des idĂ©aux chevaleresque dans un monde qui nâ??y entend plus rien.
Romero utilise le microcosme de la foire mĂ©diĂ©vale pour reprĂ©senter la fin dâ??un monde, montrant Ă  quel point il a saisit les thèmes centraux de la lĂ©gende arthurienne. Envahi par le commun des mortels, les « chevaliers » sont tentĂ©s par lâ??appât du gain et de la cĂ©lĂ©britĂ©. Tels les morts-vivants qui envahissaient le centre commercial en 1978, la horde de spectateurs qui assistent aux joutes paraissent comme de vĂ©ritables dĂ©cadents qui ne pensent quâ??Ă  boire de la bière et faire la fĂŞte (on remarquera le camĂ©o amusant dâ??un certain Stephen King, autre grand peintre de la sociĂ©tĂ© amĂ©ricaine). Lorsque comparĂ©s Ă  la rigueur moral des bohèmes, le spectateur ne peut que ressentir condescendance envers eux (et, par la suite, faire une bonne sĂ©ance dâ??auto-examen de conscienceâ?¦).
Le scĂ©nario est complexe et subtile, caractĂ©ristique dâ??un rĂ©alisateur qui livre une Ĺ?uvre personnelle et Ă  laquelle il attache une importance autre que celles de recueillir des subsides (pour la petite histoire, Romero sâ??est rĂ©cemment affranchi des grands studios, prĂ©fĂ©rant la libertĂ© dâ??expression que lui permet le cinĂ©ma indĂ©pendant : pour tourner Diary of the Dead, il a fait affaire avec des Ă©tudiants dâ??une Ă©cole de cinĂ©ma! Le rĂ©sultat est lâ??un des films dâ??horreur les plus intĂ©ressants de la dernière dĂ©cennie!). La caractĂ©risation des personnages est, une fois de plus, un des points forts de ce film surprenant. En « chevalier noir et fĂ©lon », Tom Savini est parfait : le rĂ´le est fait sur mesure pour lui. Autour dâ??eux gravitent des personnages colorĂ©s, du genre que lâ??on ne peut trouver que dans le cinĂ©ma indĂ©pendant : le Merlin le plus cool que lâ??on ait vu (et qui se plaĂ®t Ă  jouer du blues avec son harmonica lorsquâ??il pĂ©rore!) et mĂŞme un chevalier amĂ©rindien (avec plumes sur le heaume!). On remarque Ă©galement la prĂ©sence de Ken « When there is no more room in hell the dead will walk the Earth » Foree en forgeron! Quant Ă  la trame sonore, elle mĂŞle dans un ballet unique musique mĂ©diĂ©vale et jazz (dans les scènes dâ??action, ces dernières Ă©tant, du reste, fort bien rĂ©ussies).
Tout comme la sĂ©rie des Living Dead, Knightriders nâ??est dĂ©finitivement pas pour tous le monde. Les fans de Romero (et ceux dĂ©sireux de dĂ©couvrir une Ĺ?uvre cinĂ©matographique originale) y trouveront amples matières Ă  discussion (pour peu quâ??ils laissent de cĂ´tĂ© leur soif de scènes sanglantes : ce nâ??est pas un film dâ??horreur!). On voit lâ??attention habituelle que le rĂ©alisateur porte aux Ĺ?uvres qui lui sont chères : aussi Ă©trange que fascinant, Knightriders, malgrĂ© ses modes vestimentaires mal vieillies et ses prĂ©misses lĂ©gèrement ridicules, demeure un film intelligent et rafraĂ®chissant dans notre paysage contemporain de productions Ă  la chaĂ®ne pour mĂ©gaplexes.
½ July 27, 2010
Grossly underrated film from George Romero features a traveling caravan of pseudo renaissance jousters who use motorcycles instead of horses. As their show grows in popularity so do their in-house problems.

GREAT performances from Ed Harris, Gary Lahti, Amy Ingersoll, and especially F/X whiz Tom Savini (while he has done smaller roles before, KNIGHTRIDERS proved he could act as well as he creates monsters and does stunts).

The Anchor Bay DVD features really good commentary from Romero, Savini, John Amplas, Christine Romero, and film historian Chris Stavrakis, plus some nifty "home movies" shot during the filming.

Perhaps 20 minutes too long (IMO), KNIGHTRIDERS is a must see, especially for the Romero completist.
May 18, 2010
The first 1/3 of this kinda made me sleepy, but after a while I was kinda digging what Romero was doing. By the end, he's put so much humanity into these crazy-ass people that you almost forget they're batshit insane.
April 11, 2010
Romero's got a knack for combining several types of genres, usually into a fulfilling movie. Here, easily one of the most original films ever made, it's a hodgepodge that never quite gets off the ground. The action scenes are quite good. The stunts, and there are plenty, feel real and are expertly done. The acting from all is pretty solid, with Ed Harris leading the way and kicking all sorts of ass.

There are several odd edits, that jar you out of what you have seen. Not bad, exactly, but there is no segue way from one scene to the next in these, and since several scenes last at least 5 minutes too long, you're never sure when the scenes will end.

The music is very good. The script has some great bits, but a lot of it is pretty silly, which isn't a bad thing, but since the movie veers from romantic drama, small town comedy, corrupt law official, and several others, the silliness only seems greater because of it.
March 18, 2010
One of the best movies I have ever seen.
I want to live in this movie. Criminally under rated and almost totally forgotten, it's fucking epic in scope.
It deals with all the big themes baby, and deals with them in a way you haven't seen a million times before, with a Renaissance Fair, on motorcycles.
Awesome. I was glued to the screen the entire time. So good.
½ March 9, 2010
Ed Harris' naked ass! Medieval jousts...on motorcycles! Tom Savini in a speedo! Stephen King! That lawyer from Jurassic Park! This movie teeters on the edge of being completely horrible or straight up incredible. It also (in a very strange way) makes you emotionally attached to a couple of the characters. Throw in some of the trademark Romero slapstick and about 20 minutes of unnecessary footage and you've got yourself a party!
February 2, 2010
One of George A. Romero's greatest films. I love this film more every time I view it. Perfect.
January 29, 2010
Almost too ambitious for it's own good, Knightriders' greatest strengths are also it's weaknesses. The thrilling jousting battles and general medieval badassness almost goes on too long at times, and the overarching themes of the story are both refreshingly personal and a tad obvious.
January 19, 2010
jousting on bikes? what's not to like!
½ January 15, 2010
a strange little cult film about a motocyle group who act as a travelling arthurian re-enactment troup.
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