‘A Knights Tale: Extended Cut’ adds goodness to a good movie

[rating=3]Starring: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany, Alan Tudyk
Director(s): Brian Helgeland
Writer(s): Brian Helgeland

Heath Ledger stars in 'A Knight’s Tale'
Heath Ledger stars in ‘A Knight’s Tale’

The first time I saw the commercials for A Knight’s Tale back when it was first released in 2001, I thought it was pretty silly. The idea of rock and roll music mixed into a medieval period piece was ridiculous. It seemed like some stupid gimmick to appeal to the chronic MTV watchers who would normally avoid anything that didn’t take place in modern times and feature fart jokes or lots of guns.

But I have seen it a few times since then on cable, and now with this “extended cut” DVD, I have to admit it really is a funny film, made all the more interesting by its use of rock and roll. This unique mixture of modern music and old world jousting is well done, with some terrifically light-hearted performances from both the stars and supporting players.

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