Fantasia ’21 Review: ‘King Knight’ is a bore

I don’t even know where to begin, so let’s start at the beginning. King Knight is the latest film by Richard Bates Jr. It follows Thorn (Matthew Gray Gubler), the leader of a coven of witches, and he goes on a journey to his high school reunion. Thorn has a secret, though, and that secret is that he was popular in high school and not bullied or put upon like the rest of his cohort.

It sounds on paper, but the resulting film is boring and unfunny, which sucks.

The film has a lot going for it, including a cast that seems totally invested and game for the antics they are acting out. Gubler and Angela Sarafyan (playing his partner Willow) have lovely chemistry, and their comedic timing is on point. Of the few laughs to actually be had in the film, they are responsible for most. Unfortunately, however, most of the jokes aren’t funny.

This is due to two factors, I feel. First, many of the jokes are obvious and bad. Second, and more importantly, the film can’t decide if it’s making fun of its subjects or the rest of the people reacting to them. The resulting internal discord means the film can’t settle into anything relatable—a shame.

King Knight is playing for Canadian audiences through August 11th at 9 am Eastern Time.


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