A lot of movies tend to have previews that only reveal
the good moments. In the case of "Black
Knight" it was the opposite. The previews showed
such lame moments as Martin Lawrence winding up his fist,
about to punch someone, and using the "Scarface"
line "Say hello to my little friend." That's
why I was really surprised. This movie is a lot funnier
than it looks, and being that we're in the era of lame-o
comedies with crudeness and silliness as a substitute for
humor, this is a big improvement.
Lawrence plays Jamal, a lowly employee at an amusement park
with a Medieval theme. One day he stumbles into the lake,
after finding a shiny piece of jewelry floating inside, and by
the time he swims to safety he's in 14th Century England.
At first he assumes it's Castle World, the new amusement park
that is about to open and pose tough competition.
Meeting the King, he's mistaken for a messenger of the
Duke of Normandy. He assumes it's all part of the game.
When he witnesses an actual beheading, he realizes this
is no amusement park.
Lawrence is a fine comedian, with good natural talent.
However, when handed a bad script he can make such clunkers as
"Blue Streak," an agonizing mess of a comedy.
We really didn't need the goofy opening sequence, in which he
hams it up to the extreme, making rubber-faced gestures
as he goes through his morning routine of brushing his teeth,
flossing, plucking his nose hairs, etc. But that is one
of a few scenes where he does ham it up, on account of bad
is some good fish-out-of-water comedy when he first lands in Medieval
times, thinking all these knights and warriors are simply
actors taking their jobs too seriously. There are
occasional moments of crude humor, but I was amazed by how
many gags stayed on a PG level. I think if it weren't
for a few sexual references this movie would've gotten the PG.
Of course, whenever you have a black man from the ghetto
whisked into the 14th Century you have to expect such things
as him teaching the villagers all sorts of slang, but the joke
never ran its course and I actually laughed when Tom Wilkinson
(of "Full Monty" fame) uttered the words
"That's tight." I think that's what made this
movie click: It rarely goes over-the-top and never
gets annoying. There is also a great, though
far-fetched, sequence where Lawrence conducts a rendition of
"Dance to the Music" while showing off his dance
"Black Knight" is a fun, surprisingly good-natured
comedy that will keep you smiling. And you can bring the