Kids save divided Britain in new Arthur film

Heroic: The film is written and directed by Joe Cornish.

Can a child really change the world? In The Kid Who Would Be King, 12-year-old Alex must take up King Arthur’s sword to fight an evil enchantress who returns when Britain is “leaderless”.

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King Arthur, the sword of Excalibur, Merlin the sorcerer, the knights of the round table…

A new film called The Kid Who Would Be King is telling these stories for a new generation. Alex, our 12-year-old hero, must overcome bullies, demons and an ancient sorceress to fulfil his potential and save Britain.

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When the film begins, the country is in trouble. “Europe in turmoil” reads the headline, as the news talks about the rise of “strong men” leaders. Sound familiar? The news says similar things about President Donald Trump and Brexit today.

Alex must overcome an evil witch named Morgana, who returns when Britain is “divided and leaderless”. To do this, Alex brings out the good in his enemies, the bullies.

At the end of the film, Merlin tells the young knights that not all of their battles will be with demons. They must follow the chivalric code they have learnt, which tells them to not cause “wanton offence” and always tell the truth.

“A land is only made of its leaders, and you will make excellent leaders,” says the ancient sorcerer.

Can a child really change the world?

Some say…

Of course! If we all learnt to respect each other, like Alex and the school bullies in the film, it would make a difference to the lives of so many people. Indeed, when lots of kids get together they can do amazing things. Just look at the climate school strikes last week! The whole world took notice of the children’s message.

Others think…

Not until you’re older. Of course it’s good for children to learn lessons about how to respect others and, like the climate strikers, to fight for what you believe in. However, as Merlin says, a land is made of its leaders. The most important thing is that you hold onto the lessons you learn when you are young so that you can use them when you are older.

You Decide

  1. Can we learn lessons for our lives today from old stories?

Activities

  1. Write your own story about Alex and his knights. In it, they should face a challenge and use their chivalric code to overcome it.

Some People Say...

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.”

Albert Einstein

What do you think?

Word Watch

Potential
Developing into the best person you can be.
Turmoil
A state of uncertainty or difficulty.
Strong men
Someone who rules with force and aggression, and who doesn’t like listening to other people.
Chivalric
To do with medieval knights, and the honourable rules of how to behave.
Wanton
Deliberate and unprovoked.

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