Brian Helgeland | 132 mins | streaming (HD) | 2.35:1 | USA / English | PG / PG-13
A squire fakes being a knight to win a jousting contest, and a lady’s affection, in this medieval comedy-adventure.
Renowned for its anachronistic use of rock music, there’s actually not much of that, but there’s plenty of comedy and adventure — too much: it’s a little long (that there’s an extended DVD beggars belief). An able cast keep it ticking: Heath Ledger hefts the derring-do and romance, with comic support from Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, and Paul Bettany; but love interest Shannyn Sossamon is clearly miscast.
Though a favourite to some, I wouldn’t say it’s under-appreciated, but it’s a fun romp.