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on 23 March 2015
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 August 2014
Jamal Walker (Lawrence) works in a struggling medieval world amusement park, where he sustains a fall & unknowingly wakes up in a real medieval 14th century England. Where upon he must help a group of rebels fight against a usurper King. Comedy & mayhem ensue.

Black Knight is essentially a medieval Wizard Of Oz tale, which has it's moments thanks to the combination of cultural differences in language, sanitisation, superstition & romance. Thinking he's experiencing a rivals amusement park & taking great fun in enjoying himself & playing along. The penny eventually drops into the realization of his predicament & changing his care free attitude into a more sincere one for the people that are being oppressed. And sets out to do something about it with the help of the cowardly lion....or rather Knight, Sir Knolte of Marlborough (Wilkinson).

The comedic talents of Martin Lawrence (Bad Boys) manage to keep this afloat, albeit noticeably struggling in parts, but still gets something out of the poor material, culminating in carrying the film into more watchable territory. Obviously being set in England, the support cast are thankfully primarily British, rather then Americans with bad accents. When given the chance Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) shows his abilities as the washed up Knight with a regal air. Vincent Regan (Lockout) portrays a good baddie, which seems to be his niche now. The beautiful Marsha Thomason (White Collar) is credible in an early state side movie role as the romantic interest. And Kevin Conway uses a twist on his Irish/British accent from Gettysburg as a passable King.

In conclusion, Black Knight has a good premise, but suffers from an inconsistent script that even Martin Lawrence struggles to turn it into comedy gold. Otherwise it's a well presented, amiable comedy with an enjoyable ending. Contains mild language/mature themes & violence. Worth a watch.
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on 14 November 2011
To say this film is comedy gold would be doing it a disservice. The script is magnificent, the direction top quality, and the acting is Oscar worthy. The best film of its year, nay, its decade.

Martin Lawrence puts in a powerhouse performance as a young man coming to terms with his journey through time. Not only is he out of his time, he is out of his mind, and he's about to get medieval on you! The only disappointing scenes are when the brilliant Lawrence is not on screen, and we have to deal with Tom Wilkinson's turgid performance as Sir Knolte.

I, personally, see this film as the springboard of Lawrence's career. The plaudits he recieved for such a performance allowed him to star in such blockbusters as 'Big Momma's house 2' and 'Wild Hogs'. Two critically acclaimed successes, in every sense.
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on 9 May 2016
this film man honestly you will just laugh from start to finish... i love martin lawrence and this has to be in my top 3 fav martin lawrence films and i love them all .. brilliant and also very very good condition! new and sealed as states!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 August 2011
Jamal Walker (Martin Lawrence) works in a medieval theme park until one day he's magically transported back to the Middle Ages. Bluffing his way into the royal court as an ambassador from Normandy, he gets involved with a peasant revolt.

I don't mind Martin Lawrence as a rule, Bad Boys is berserker action fun, Big Momma's House has its moments and Blue Streak I confess to laughing at. But this is scraping the barrel, an unfunny spin on the time travel theme that sees Lawrence attempt to get laughs by bringing Ghetto speak to days of yore. That he doesn't succeed isn't down to him, he's full of his usual energy and gurning antics as always, it's kind of endearing in its simpleness, but the script (Darryl J. Quarles/Peter Gaulke/Gerry Swallow) is lazy and the direction from Gil Junger lifeless. Those actors working around Lawrence barely register as he blunders his way through scene after scene like a tornado in a greenhouse. Where you have to ask just what was Tom Wilkinson thinking of when he signed on for this turgid mess? I mean, he was Oscar nominated for In The Bedroom this same year. Now that's far more funnier than Black Knight all by itself.

Moronic, in fact it's beyond moronic, and those who support such a movie should be rounded up, put in the stocks and pelted with rotting fruit and vegetables. 2/10
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on 12 July 2015
I suppose these days no one remembers the old British TV series called "Catweazle" screened in 1970? The story of an 11th Century wizard who falls into a moat and surfaces to find himself now in the 20th Century? Catweazle is befriended by a young kid who tries to help him deal with the 'modern' world in which all modern appliances and systems are seen by Catweazle as actual magic - a fascinating extension of his 11th Century world. He refers to 'electricity' as 'electrickery' and the telephone is the 'magic telling bone' etc, etc!

Ok, an old kids TV programme but it just makes me wonder why Hollywood, which is usually much quicker to copy other nations' ideas (such as "Vanilla Sky" out of the Spanish film "Open Your Eyes", "Assassin" out of French director Luc Besson's "Nikita", etc etc), should wait thirty years to copy Catweazle? After all, it can't have been TOO difficult to turn it around and have someone go back in time instead of forward in time - surely?!
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on 7 March 2005
Having read the on-line comments, I felt I had to write and disagree with the reviewer. The only thing I did agree with, was the acting of Martin Lawrence. I found this film to be entertaining, mainly because IT IS SILLY! One man's struggle to come to terms with the fact that he'd travelled back in time was quite amusing! teaching the king's court a "futuristic" song and dance and then teaching a band of "low-life" villagers the "fighting" tactics of American football (Grid-iron) had me laughing out loud.
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on 18 January 2006
I have to totally disagree with 2 of the reviewers. This is a hilarious movie with non stop laughing! If you want to have a great laugh then get it! One of the best Martin Lawrence movie I have seen!
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on 28 January 2004
'Black Knight' is a dire comedy with very few entertaining elements. The only redeeming feature is the performance of Martin Lawrence who doesn't let the fact he is in a poor film damage his acting ability. The main problem with this film is that the plot is unrealistic to the point of utter stupidity. The king, evil knight and princess are such shallow characters that you cannot even begin to relate to them or find them amusing. Add to this an incredibly dull script and very few interesting jokes and you will begin to have some idea of the quality of this film.
The basic story is that of a man going back in time and 'saving the land' from an evil king and learning honour and righteousness while he's at it, (and of course he falls in love along the way). This tedious tale is occasionally interrupted by a moment of hilarity (far too few and far between) before retuning to the same painful disgrace. The only thing that saves this from being a one star film is Martin Lawrence who never fails to lift the overall standard of any film.
In conclusion, to buy this film would be a crime against any other DVD in you're collection and I would strongly advise against it.
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on 26 October 2013
It's a one trick pony, and its trick is such that if you're brain-damaged or think that black-bro-homey wise-ass streetspeak in a mediaeval setting is endlessly funny, then you'll love this mindless trash. Because that's the one laugh-line, repeated till it's an embarrassment to fail to watch something else. ANYTHING else. Like commercials, they have way more entertainment value.

Amazed that anyone after reading the script could be prevailed on to finance this utter travesty, they must have been drunk or high or blackmailed into an involvement such as this.

Possibly the very worst film ever made.
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