Steven Seagal as soon as delayed taking pictures on a set as a result of he was in his trailer studying a script. He reportedly got here out two hours later and mentioned, “I simply learn the best script I’ve ever seen in my life.” Somebody requested him who wrote it and he replied, “I did.”
Can we agree at this level that author, director, producer led movies the place the entire above are the identical man are a foul concept?
Not solely is it insanely smug, but it surely virtually by no means results in a movie value watching.
Kingslayer isn’t any completely different.
Kingslayer is a poorly written, poorly acted, poorly directed movie the place the plot makes as little sense as why John Rhys-Davies agreed to affiliate himself with it.
Paul Brennan, the aforementioned author, actor, director, producer, performs Prince Richard, days earlier than he’s to be topped King Richard (The Lionheart).
Unseen forces need to cease his coronation and rent folks to kill him earlier than the coronation. Prince Richard has sneaked away from the safety of the citadel to fulfill his commoner girlfriend and for 90 minutes they attempt to escape the forest collectively.
It’s a survival plot. It’s cliche. Nevertheless, if there may be nice suspense and nice motion it doesn’t even matter that it’s cliche. We’ve now reached the most important challenge with the movie. There are tons of fights. Nice in the event you love motion proper? Yeah… no.
The struggle choreography is an atrocity. John Wick’s cleansing girl has higher combating expertise than anybody in Kingslayer. By John Wick’s cleansing girl I imply Keanu Reeves’ precise cleansing girl. That is the last word laziness in trendy movie. There are actually no excuses for poor struggle choreography anymore. It’s insulting to the viewers.
The technical aspect of the movie is nearly as disappointing because the plot. The enhancing is weak. If they will make 70 yr outdated Liam Neeson an motion star utilizing leap cuts and flashy enhancing, you’d assume Mark Paul Wake might have discovered a solution to make the struggle scenes seem like one thing resembling a struggle. Then once more casting folks to struggle with swords & spears which have neither theatrical fencing nor martial arts coaching looks like a purposeful waste of the viewer’s time. I did a fast search of dojos within the UK. There are quite a bit. Identical for fencing academies.
John Rhys-Davies is likely one of the higher actors of my lifetime. His iconic portrayal of Sallah within the Indiana Jones movies made him beloved for folks of my era. Why would he say sure to this? Extra importantly, if you’re Paul Brennan and also you by some means get him to say sure, why would preserve his display time to lower than three minutes? It’s as offensive because the plot decision, which is nauseating in its personal proper.
In case you are a daily reader of my movie evaluations you’ll discover that I virtually at all times try to discover one thing good a couple of movie.
Normally, I’ll say one thing like, “When you like XXXX this movie has one thing for you.”
Not this time. Kingslayer is a waste of time.
I watched it so that you don’t should.
0 out of 5 stars.
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Produced by Gareth Wiley and Stuart Brennan
Written and Directed by Stuart Brennan
Starring Stuart Brennan, Carolina Carlsson, Ryan Gage,
David Hayman, Ellie-Rose Mackinlay, John Rhys-Davies