BLACK KNIGHT: DVD
Jamal Sky Walker (Martin Lawrence) works at the Medieval World theme park, which is threatened by the imminent opening of Castle World nearby. But a strange accident lands Jamal in the Kingís court in 14th century England, where the rightful but ousted Queen is waiting in the wings. The rebels recognise Jamal as one of their own, but Jamal is a reluctant knight.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Itís a safe bet that this movie is a money laundering exercise. Either that, or the producers accidentally approved the wrong script . . . or maybe itís just a serious error of judgement by all concerned, especially Tom Wilkinson, who is being hailed as a superlative actor for his work as Matt Fowler of In the Bedroom, as Black Knight is about to open in Australia. This is a woeful concept that has mysteriously managed to survive the script conferences, when presumably the attendees fell about laughing at the idea of a black comedian playing a sort of reluctant modern hero thrust into the past, who then parades as a fearsome Black Knight but ends up falling off his horse. That last bit is funny.†
To put it kindly, Martin Lawrence has not found the right cinematic vehicle for himself here, playing a buffoon landed in a time warped (and very small) England. Itís pointless enunciating the many flaws in the film (starting with the name Jamal Sky WalkerÖ), but as a general overview, they begin and end with the script. Itís not funny. There are a few weak jokes and splendid production design, lots of silly business Ė and a plastic ending.†
But fear not, I hear you say, the DVD has bonus materials! Well, yes, and presented with an alert on the slick: Warning! Bonus materials. This is truth in advertising at work, for the bonus materials are slim indeed. A handful of outtakes that are ho-hum, and a dreary deleted scene Ė singular. So be warned.
Published September 26, 2002
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BLACK KNIGHT: DVD (M)
CAST: Martin Lawrence, Marsha Thomason, Tom Wilkinson, Vincent Regan, Kevin Conway
DIRECTOR: Gil Junger
RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Outtakes, deleted scenes
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: September 25, 2002