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Read the reviews by Xpress Film Critic Billy Norris


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Don't give 'Knight' the time of day

By BILLY NORRIS
© St. Petersburg Times,
published December 3, 2001

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Movie: Black Knight

Rating: PG-13

Summary: Jamal Walker (Martin Lawrence) works as a janitor at a washed up old medieval-themed amusement park. While cleaning out the moat one day he finds a unique, diamond-studded necklace in the water. When he reaches down to grab it, he is pulled into the water and somehow transported into actual medieval times. Thinking he is a royal messenger from Normandy, the royalty of the medieval village take him in and give him the "royal treatment." When the peasants form a rebellion against the tough ruling king, Jamal joins in the fight to restore the village to its rightful beloved queen.

My view: This movie was just barely okay. It is definitely one I'd wait to see until it came out on video, but I'm not sure I'd even do that! There are a few humorous parts, but the majority of those were shown in the previews. Most of the things they tried to make funny were so ridiculous, they were stupid. The plot was pretty much boring, and the acting was mediocre. Let's just say this one won't be winning any Academy Awards.

Favorite part: I honestly didn't have a favorite part. I had little interest in seeing what was going to happen at the end. This movie was almost entirely predictable.

Least favorite part: The whole flick in general was pretty crummy! Almost all the qualities of a good film were lacking in this one.

Recommendations: I don't recommend going to see this one in theaters. I wouldn't even waste my time renting it when it comes out on video. Unless you're really bored and have nothing else to do, just don't bother.

Grade: D

- Billy Norris, 14, is in the eighth grade at Seminole Middle School, and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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