"Honor Secures Liberty"
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Martin Lawrence does a good job as the comical hero. It was fun to watch him play both the funnyman and the courageous, feisty hero. Tom Wilkinson also does a fine job as Sir Knolte, who, with Jamal’s encouragement, regains his own honor as a former knight. The rest of the cast is also good. Director Gil Junger shows a very deft hand at filming both the comedy and the action scenes. In all, BLACK KNIGHT is a funny comedy that contains some touching, heroic moments, but is spoiled by foul language and sexual content.
(Ro, BB, PC, Fe, Ho, LLL, VV, S, AA, M) Light romantic worldview with a strong moral premise about winning liberty by being courageous, persistent, honorable, & full of integrity, plus some political correctness & feminism & a couple mild homosexual jokes; 39 obscenities including many “s” words & many references to “as-” plus person says, “God knows,” & some toilet humor; comical & action violence such as man falls into water, pratfalls, man struggles to stay on horse, horse chases man, implied beheading, attempted beheading, fighting, boxing, wrestling, man thrusts another man’s face into horse manure, medieval battle, arrows pierce soldiers, sword fighting, & villain slightly cuts woman’s throat but it only leaves a small scar; implied fornication & other sexual references, including King offers women to apparent nobleman from overseas, a couple mild homosexual jokes, french kissing, & man takes off his pants because he thinks woman wants to get into bed with him; no nudity but shot from behind of woman baring her chest; alcohol use, drunkenness & man has a drinking problem but is redeemed; no smoking; and, miscellaneous mild immorality such as lying.
BLACK KNIGHT is a funny, well-made comedy that contains some touching, heroic moments, but is spoiled by foul language and sexual content.
Comedian Martin Lawrence stars in BLACK KNIGHT as Jamal Walker, a young black man from South Central Los Angeles who mysteriously travels back in time to Medieval England. Jamal falls in love with a black lady-in-waiting named Victoria (she’s apparently a Moor from North Africa), poses as Jamal Skywalker, the messenger from a French duke, and becomes friends with a dissolute former knight with a drinking problem. Jamal discovers that the evil King of England has stolen his crown from the former Queen. He uses his 21st century street smarts and modern-day sports moves to help his new friends. In return, Jamal learns the meaning of honor, courage and integrity.
Despite some sexual content and a fair amount of light and not-so-light obscenities, the story of BLACK KNIGHT concentrates on its fish-out-of-water theme. Jamal at first thinks he’s arrived at an elaborate medieval amusement park and hotel, then the movie’s humor revolves around his attempts to avoid getting beheaded by the evil king. Eventually, in the movie’s third act, the comedy focuses on Jamal’s ability to use modern-day sports moves from football, wrestling and boxing and modern-day political platitudes to help the people make a stand against tyranny. In the end, Jamal’s education in the “old-fashioned” value of honor helps him win liberty for his friends.
Martin Lawrence once again does a very good job as the comical hero. It was fun to watch him play both the funnyman and the courageous, feisty hero. Tom Wilkinson also does a fine job as Sir Knolte, who, with Jamal’s encouragement, regains his own honor as a former knight. The rest of the cast is also good, including Marsha Thomason as the intelligent, passionate Victoria and Vincent Regan as the villain Sir Percival. Director Gil Junger shows a very deft hand at filming both the comedy and the action scenes.
Of course, the true meaning of honor does not include the use of vulgarity or an attitude of sexual laxity. Because of this, BLACK KNIGHT deserves a caution for older children and teenagers, especially younger teens.