A Knight’s Tale (2001) is an adventurous comedy period movie about a jousting tournament in which only nobility can participate. Heath Ledger as William, a Thatcher’s son from Cheapside decides to change his stars by becoming Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein and compete in the tournament. From funny scenes to witty dialogues, from grandeur to rock music, this movie has everything packed in two hours and eleven minutes. You'll find yourself laughing hard holding your stomach most of the time.
Brilliant acting by Heath Ledger. Sir Ulrich would not fail to remind you of Brad Pitt as Achilles in Troy. The rivalry between Sir Ulrich and Count Adhemar, played by Rufus Sewell extends off the fields. But William proves to be unbeatable, unhorsing Adhemar and finally winning the tournament as well as Jocelyn’s (Shannyn Sossamon) love. The love entangle between William and Jocelyn rounds off the rough corners, if any.
William proves to the world what it takes to be a noble, and not merely a noble lineage. The concept of pride and nobility has been exploited very cleverly, with Jocelyn begging William to run from the police, for pride could be taken away, according to her. His insistence of not running, for he is a knight, urges the audience to ponder over the question and existence of nobility and the concept of noble lineage. He is arisen to ‘Sir William Thatcher’ in the end by the prince of England.
The past of William Thatcher with scenes with his father John Thatcher, played by Christopher Cazenove are seamlessly strewed together. The setting of the country side-the long boots, weathered gowns, the winter chill, the fog with the funny business of the crowd have been captured in all its beauty.
What could be easily noticed are the weird hair-dos of Shannyn.
The movie ends with a farting competition between William’s friends to decide whose round it would be.
Paul Bettany plays a poor gambler in search of some clothe, shoe and food- and agrees to write patents of nobility for William. The introductions by him before the matches arouse the audience to cheer for the fake Sir Ulrich, and also the audience in the movie theatres.
With the catchy phrase of singing aloud for Sir Ulrich in a betting against French jousters,
“He's quick, he's funny and
makes lots of money, Lichtenstein!”
Here’s my adaptation-
“He's gorgeous, he's adorable and makes me go ‘oooh’, Ledger!”