Saturday, November 25, 2017

First Knight (1995)

Director: Jerry Zucker

Writers: Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, William Nicholson

Composer: Jerry Goldsmith

Starring: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond, Ben Cross, Liam Cunningham, Christopher Villiers, Valentine Pelka, Colin McCormack, Ralph Ineson, John Gielgud

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Their greatest battle would be for her love.

Plot: Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

I put off watching this for more than twenty years because, despite my love for Sean Connery, I didn't like the casting of Gere as Lancelot.  That just rubbed me the wrong way.  I'd listened to Goldsmith's fine score a few times but I just couldn't do until now.  I can't believe I'm saying this but Gere does a fine job.  After a few minutes I adjusted to him, settled into the film and let it take me for a ride and one I enjoyed.  I don't think you could ask for a better King Arthur than Connery.  That man's the shit and he brings a lot of weight to the role.  I was afraid the romance angle would get too mushy but it didn't.  It felt just right but then it's also sprinkled in with enough adventure, action and intrigue that the balance feels right.  It's a good costume drama adventure that takes the viewer on a fun little adventure in a time that's long been romanticized.  I'm pleasantly surprised.

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