Jan 29, 2011

First Knight, 1995

First Knight, 1995
Director: Jerry Zucker
Cast: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond

First Knight in short: Lancelot lives by the sword. In fact, they're next door neighbours, so teaming up to fight for money comes pretty naturally. Lady Guinevere, on her way to marry King Arthur is ambushed by the evil Sir Malagant. Fortunately Lancelot is lurking nearby and he rescues his future queen. They fall in love, but Guinevere still fancies the idea of wearing a crown, so she honours her promise to Arthur. Can Lady Guinevere remain faithful, or will this Pretty Woman become a lady of the knight?

Stage: home theatre again
Preps: Also a piece I have seen for several times up to now. An adorable one, can't wait to see this energy again

Reality: Lancelot, Guinevere, knights of the round table, history, saving the poor to feed the rich - the content that drives me absolutely crazy. If it were possible, I would make dozens of movies on the topic, because I never get fed up with this. Again, this piece doesn't dissappoint me. Gere in his best years, as Lancelot, the guy all the women want to have. Virtues torn in Guinevere, and loveable king Arthur, wow.. the movie is filled with action, yearning for love towards the country, or to the woman and vice versa. Also with faith and trust of the citizen. Love for the past and ancestors. Redemption. Paying back a debt. Being loyal or being independent.. a nurtured scene with great cast and music. Everything a movie like this could wish for.
Never became one of the greater ones, though. Why is that, if everything I have written so far, is so good? Well, I believe, the key lies in the fact that it just has a great content and not so great execution. The love yearning is real, though. I love the triangle and I cannot dare to judge the lady or freelancer for trying out to have the lady. And the king, overcoming this. Or even not, because he drags out a court, later saved by the bell by the warriors, storming in the holy city and killing everyone, including the king. If the king lived, I suppose the ending wouldn't sound so Hollywoodish. Because in this sense, it just kills the time reality (in that time this wasn't bound to happen). It just grows deeper in the hearts of the viewers for curing their souls with a happy ending. Not likely to happen in the real world.

Nevertheless, a true love story I like to see over and over again.

My personal rating: 8,0 (truly lovable movie that needs to pour into my veins every now and then. Worth seeing Gere with long hair :)).

First Knight on ImDB

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