mediocre but watchable
Martin Lawrence is this ordinary guy Jamal Walker who is somehow sent back in time to a typically Medieval setting. Despite his strange dress and speech, his ability to talk himself out of a situation (can we call that the Martin Lawrence trademark?) gets him in good with the King - only the King thinks he is a messenger named Skywalker from another kingdom. Jamal soon finds out that there is a plot against the king, manages to foil one assassination attempt by accident, bed the King's daughter, find out the King was really a bad guy (from the movie's perspective), and reluctantly joins the resistance once the real messenger shows up.
A few reviews ago, I labelled The Animal a "one joke pony", and the thought stayed with me as I watched this one. I'm thinking about the line between premise and story here. Both these films have very simple ideas - The Animal is Rob Schneider given animal traits, Black Knight is Martin Lawrence being sent back to Medieval times. Both scripts construct a plotline around their initial premise to keep the action moving, though we know all that happens hardly matters - it's about the joke.
So what makes these movies different? Both are not great examples of depth, but Black Knight is by far more watchable. I'm not a Martin Lawrence fan by any stretch of the imagination - he seems to play roughly the same character in each of his movies. To me the difference is that there is more of a connection between the characters in Black Knight - and they seem to actually be enjoying themselves - maybe that isn't the point of the movie - but it's more fun to watch.
I could go on about how silly the setup is, how irrelevant the story is, and the moral/intellectual pointlessness of it all - but you probably already knew that. The point that I seem to be getting to is that, for a bad movie, it's not all that horrible.
Full profile for Black Knight
Offsite info: Internet Movie Database
login to submit an article
A Film Review
2006-03-10 06:51:39... CheriLacy
The Lazy Moviewatcher's Top... Something of 2004
Despite being busy watching all of 2003's movies at home, this reviewer did actually hit the theater a few times this year
2004-12-30 22:39:13... andrew
2003 Awards Tracker
So many awards, so much recognition - it's amazing how these people don't develop an ego
2004-01-29 21:45:11... andrew
How to set up a cheap home theatre
Constant upgrades and a host of revolving standards make the home theatre market hard to decide when to jump in.
2003-05-27 17:52:42... mastadonfarm
submit a review here
submit a review here
indexes links credits privacy|
all contributed material © their respective authors
everything else © 2018 thatcow
link to this site