In a Nutshell. Mini reviews of movies old and new. No fuss. No spoilers. And often no sleep.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Knightriders (1981)

A travelling group recreate medieval jousts but with motorcycles instead of horses. For most of the troupe it's a job, the reenactments merely surface deep. For King Billy (Ed Harris) it's something more spiritual - Billy believes!
It's a well-meaning but flawed story. The sense of danger you'd normally expect to find is inscribed subtly into the narrative, threatening a way of life more than anything else, which may leave a viewer with the feeling that there was an achievable balance that wasn't properly addressed.
It's always fun to see someone try something different, even when it's not completely successful. The highlight (the folk song scene) carries a level of sensitivity that isn't often associated with Romero; full applause for that.

3 basics remembered out of 5

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