A Knight’s Tale is a film written and directed by Brian Helgeland, it stars Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Shannyn Sossamon and Rufus Sewell. The whole film was shot in Prague (Czech Republic), some of the extras were homeless people from that area. The film was surrounded by a lot of controversy upon release, as Sony notoriously “invented” a film critic called David Manning who claimed that this film was brilliant, and that Heath Ledger was the “hottest star of 2001″, they were soon found out and agreed to refund $5 to each person who saw the film based on their critics recommendation. On a realistic basis the film received mixed reviews, and made approximately $90 million dollars worldwide, which is a $50 million dollar profit on the films $40 million dollar budget.
Heath Ledger is William Thatcher, a peasant squire who breaks all the rules when he passes himself off as a nobleman and takes the jousting world by storm. The only thing that stands between William and his dream of becoming the world champion of this most extreme of competitions is the bad boy of the sport, Count Adhemar (Rufus Sewell). And when the two rivals go lance to head at the world finals to determine who will be named the ultimate champion, you’d better arm yourself and hang on tight for the thrill ride of your life! Despite initially cheating his way due to a need for something better, he comes to appreciate his friends better; he finds a new friend in Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany) and instantly falls in love with the radiant Lady Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon). He finds the fair lady to be a “tough nut to crack” and has to prove himself worthy of her love, and to his surprise it’s not with macho jousting.
A Knight’s Tale is a loveable story, and is very; very humorous at times, Paul Bettany and Alan Tudyk prove to be particularly funny. However despite all of these positive attributes, the film just doesn’t grab me, having seen it on numerous occasions it feels like a chore to sit through the film. After my first viewing I was very impressed and left feeling very satisfied, but with each watch I become more and more annoyed with it and seem to be finding things that I didn’t notice before, which is basically nit-picking. Certain things like the setting, it contradicts itself time after time, the facts say one thing, the film makes numerous references that point to different era’s but it just frustrates, and the costume is more like two centuries after the supposed setting, it’s just little things like this. However credit where credit’s due, A Knight’s Tale is entertaining, and with the exception of a very wooden Heath Ledger the acting is to the highest standards.