Martin Lawrence as Jamal Walker
Tom Wilkinson as Sir Knolte
Marsha Thomason as Victoria
Vincent Regan as Percival
Greg Cooper as Rebel Leader
Kevin Conway as King Leo
Erik Jensen as Derek
Dikran Tulaine as Dennis
If your idea of fun is seeing Martin Lawrence running around yelling slang to confused Brits, this movie is for you.
Jamal Walker is an employee at a medieval themed urban amusement park. Somehow, he gets magically transported back to England in the 1300ís. Initially believing heís at a rival castle themed amusement park, he plays along and is accepted by the evil king. However, he soon learns that heís in a real and dangerous situation. He only wants to go home, but a beautiful black British medieval woman (?) recruits him in a rebellion to overthrow the king and restore the rightful queen. Jamal must overcome his own fears and selfishness to save the day.
Rated PG-13 for language, sexual/crude humor and battle violence.
As a Star Wars fan, I can always appreciate a funny reference to the films. As Jamal enters the court of the king, he introduces himself as Jamal Skywalker. Through the rest of the film heís referred to as Lord Skywalker or Sir Skywalker. Yes, they ran the joke into the ground, but it was funny at first.
Thereís also one funny physical gag as Jamal charges in as the Black Knight. I donít want to ruin it for you, though, because it was the only genuine laugh for me in the film. It had a great setup.
What Didn't Work:
Martin Lawrence is like the class clown who is desperate to get laughs. Black Knight is pretty much an hour and a half of him doing the same joke over and over again and mugging for the camera. He keeps throwing out urban slang at confused medieval Brits and making incomprehensible references to the future which they canít understand. As it drags on, he varies things a bit by doing it louder and more outrageously. After a while of his babbling and annoying antics, I got the feeling I was watching Jar Jar Binks. One character sums it up best in the movie when he says something like, ďItís amazing how he keeps it up long after it isnít funny.Ē My thoughts exactly.
What makes this movie so bad is that the entire film is nothing but Martin Lawrence doing this one joke. If you like him, then this is great. If not, avoid it at all costs. I wouldnít even recommend this as a renter.