This movie contains my absolute favorite scene in a movie EVER. Also, it’s not so much a scene as it is just a fantastic cinematic slow motion view of Heath Ledger. HANDS DOWN best editing job I’ve ever seen. Let me just set the scene in case you haven’t seen it, and if you have, you know I’m totally right.
3 poorly dressed, drabby young men have cloth up their noses because their boss, who was a Knight, is dead in his armor and smells. You quickly find out that this (dead) Knight was a jouster and still has one round left to joust in. One of the poorly dressed young men, aka squire (Heath Ledger) decides to put on said dead man’s armor and pretends to be a Knight so he can complete the last joust. If he is able to stay on the horse, he will win the trophy. Heath Ledger jousts in the round and is able to stay on his horse and wins! They sell the trophy and decide to split the earnings. However, Heath has this great idea of using the money to buy proper equipment and train to become a real Knight and joust instead of split it up. His friends are hesitant, but give in because Heath is adorable.
After much training (insert Jousting montage here), Heath is ready to compete, and be a pretend Knight so he can win money and “change his stars” – a theme throughout this film. Very cute, very cheesy. But now comes the scene you’ve all been waiting for….Heath Ledger, fresh hair cut, no facial hair, in tip top Jousting shape, riding on a horse on a dirt road. Talk about dreams coming true! Here is a freeze frame of my favorite scene of all time:
Now I know you might be thinking “this is kind of blurry” and “it’s not even a full body shot”, but TRUST ME, after watching Heath Ledger look like a homeless person for the first 20 minutes of this film (see picture below), you are overjoyed at his groomed, beautiful, horse riding transformation.
One other fabulous aspect of this movie is that it takes place in the Medieval Times (roughly 14th-15th centuries according to Google), but the soundtrack to this film is hard rock! It’s incredible. Very similar to the newest Great Gatsby with Leonardo DeCaprio (hated the movie (see review)) the movie took place in the 20’s but the soundtrack was filled with Jay-Z and Lana Del Rey. The soundtrack was literally the only positive aspect of this film. Anyhow, A Knight’s Tale does the same thing: uses contemporary music to support an extremely old period piece.
Popcorn Rating: 5 popped corns
I highly recommend this movie to anyone that finds Heath Ledger attractive and/or enjoys a romantic comedy with jousting and medieval dancing. To be honest, you can’t go wrong with this movie. It’s perfect and everyone needs to watch it.