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August 31, 2016
I'm here to compete for cheesiest comedy ever!
August 29, 2016
It has a underdog story, but Heath Ledger's performance excels on his acting chops
August 11, 2016
Quite long duration movie and was hoping for more action. Nonetheless this is a special type of medieval era movie with modern stuff added. Heath Ledger, Mark Addy and Alan Tudyk are 3 best pals who is following their master to jousting but the master died while resting. Heath decide to don the armor and compete. He win easily and he convince the other two to pool the money for training materials so he can compete in the national competition for more money. Along the way they save Paul Bettany who is naked after been robbed. Arrived in the city, Heath is smitten by Shannyn Sossamon and he ask for her name which she refuse to give. Later the trio find out Paul is actually a gambling addict who wasn't rob to naked. The debtor want their money which Heath promise to pay after winning the competition. Heath win the sword competition and is champion. While talking to Shannyn, another knight Rufus Sewell is not happy and humiliate him. In a match, Rufus surrender to his opponent, the Black Prince of Wales who goes incognito. Heath didn't budge and gain 2 points. But later he claim it as a draw game. Rufus decipher Heath as really brave and fearless in the way that his armor is weak and he didn't evade any coming impact unlike all trained competitors. Heath armor is broke and no blacksmith is willing to fix it without payment first. The only lady blacksmith Laura Fraser who is been look down by them all agree to help him. Heath receive a cloth and name from Shannyn. Rufus defeated Heath in the final and pick up the cloth to return to her. Heath use the gold trophy and pay off Paul debt and Laura. Laura tailor-made an armor that's light and strong for Heath. At the dinner dance, Heath dance with Shannyn and Rufus isn't happy. The next competiton, Rufus withdraw and must leave to fight a war. Heath face the Prince and win him again which he admit to him it is not his style to withdraw. Although he is champ, he feel loss without actually winning it against Rufus. Rufus investigate and found out Heath is a fake. Heath write a letter to Shannyn asking her to go Paris see him compete. She want him to prove his love for her by losing which he relented but submit. Seeing him hurt, she quickly change her mind and want him to win and he did. Heath was brought to a knight as apprentice during childhood by his father and he miss him. He manage to locate him although the father became blind years ago. Rufus tailed him and confirm he is fraud. Next day everyone tell him to escape or be caught. Heath refuse and turn up for the game but arrested and sentence to death. The Prince of Wales came out to free him. He also investigate and find out he has history lineage of royalty and knight him on the spot. Heath final match to fight Rufus. The latter cheated by putting a sharp tip and pierce Heath's armor. He take hit after hit and no strength to carry the lance. Heath tell Alan to tie the lance to his hand. He strike Rufus so hard he fell off his horse and Heath win. Happy ending in the end. Paul who is a writer decide to jot everything for his new book.
July 16, 2016
On of the best films of 2001, a non stop action packed riot from start to end! Heath Ledger leads a band of rebels to be a jousting champ! Great movie!
June 10, 2016
What's not to like.: Queen, Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany at his best and a David Bowie dance sequence. Yes it's predictable but so much fun too.
May 14, 2016
As cheesy as it is, I whole-heartedly found myself loving this film through-and-through. First off, Heath Ledger is irresistible in this role, constantly charming and extremely likeable in every regard, he lights up the screen here. Second, this film's a lot smarter than most people think. For instance, there's a brilliant single-shot take at the mid-section that lasts about 5 minutes between Heath Ledger and Shannyn Sossamon's characters arguing. While it wasn't necessarily needed, I have huge respect for the filmmakers for slipping in this wonderful sequence that I didn't even know was a one-shot take until my third or fourth viewing. That's how subtle this film can be, a lot of harsh critics called it "manipulative", I call it classic, harmless entertainment that will bring a smile to your face.
May 7, 2016
this movie as to be my favorite movie.
½ April 24, 2016
3.5/5 stars. Although I think Heath Ledger's best roll was in Lords of Dogtown, this movie is a good one. A medieval story with modern tendencies. A good mix with good humor and a dash of inspiration.
April 5, 2016
I love this movie! I watch every chance I get and now on flickster I can enjoy it.
½ February 29, 2016
I laughed so hard at the beginning.
½ February 25, 2016
Chaucer (Bettany) steals the show! It's silly at times but also brilliant. Something you can watch with your kids without hanging yourself.
February 13, 2016
if there was a movie where historical inacuracies run rampid, it would be this film, i did not enjoy it.
½ January 23, 2016
Jan 2016- a bit of everything and surprisingly good!
½ January 10, 2016
just 2c Ledger do his thing as Chaucer gets mashed-up with modern music & modern gen-x attitudes
½ December 21, 2015
3½ is a really stretched rating for this one. Mostly because of the incredible cast.
December 21, 2015
Wish he was still around!! He was a good person.
½ December 19, 2015
A medieval take on the typical sports movie. Utterly ridiculous, predictable, historically inaccurate, poorly edited, unbelievably inconsistent........ but damn it's a wonderful feel good film and it'll never fail to make me excited and involved. Perfect if you've had a bad day.
½ December 17, 2015
Watched in French or Italian, I can't recall. However with English subtitles. Still a funny film.
½ December 5, 2015
Medieval times were a harsh period for people to live in, mainly due to the fact that trying to make a living was pretty much mandatory. But for those who sought out fortune, becoming a knight was undoubtedly the greatest thing ever. And in these times, most people went to sporting events like jousting to keep themselves entertained. The idea of having two men trying to knock each other off is just as exciting as thinking about it. That is where the 2001 film "A Knight's Tale" comes in, and shows a more modern audience what jousting, as well as knighthood, was actually like. While the film itself is good, that's not to say that there are some problems with it. "A Knight's Tale" is an interesting movie, but it does fall into several standard clichés that audiences have seen numerous times before.

The story involves a peasant named William (Heath Ledger), who wants nothing more than to become a knight, despite not being of noble birth. After his master dies in a jousting tournament, William decides to take on the role of being a knight, and starts to become a success after winning several competitions. Along with his crew (Alan Tudyk & Mark Addy), William (under a false name) becomes a celebrity. He even has the opportunity by competing with a more powerful knight (Rufus Sewell), as well. But, can William's charade be ultimately discovered, or will he defy the odds and prove himself to be a true hero?

"A Knight's Tale" is worth watching for the action scenes- more importantly, the jousting- as well as the production design behind the whole movie. Everything put into the making of this movie looks pretty incredible; the sets and cinematography look pretty good for a period piece, and the costumes more than definitely fit the time period. Brian Helgeland did a good job at directing the action, and everything that is happening on the screen. In terms of acting, everyone does a good job at what they are given, albeit most of the performances are a bit silly and over the top. Most notably, Paul Bettany, who plays Geoffrey Chaucer, can be a little annoying at times, but I think that's this movie's charm. It is a silly medieval movie that a lot of people put effort into making.

However, with that being said, there are some problems with the movie in general that kind of downgrade it a bit. While the story is nice and interesting, it is also very predictable. This goes with the main issue that there are several clichés thrown in to the mix. The underdog who is eventually going to win. The liar revealed. The misunderstanding between our main characters. Plus many more that are featured that would take further explanation to endure. Then there's the music; while the main orchestrated score is good, it's the influence of several rock 'n roll songs turns the experience of watching the movie down a little.

In conclusion, "A Knight's Tale" isn't bad, you just have to go through the issues that it has to offer to enjoy a little fun nonetheless.
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