Thursday, October 12, 2006

Knight night, and Jennifer Connelly


I watched a bit of A Knight's Tale when it was on TV the other night. Well, I probably saw more than an hour of it -- the second half, I suppose. I'd always thought it looked a bit shite, and within a few minutes I'd suspected I was right. That terrible dance sequence to some dodgy David Bowie song, for example. I don't even remember which song it was now.

I turned to Wife, who was sneering at me for keeping the film on for more than about 17 seconds, and I asked whether Heath Ledger was a real knight or just pretending. "I don't know," she responded, or words to that effect. Basically, she didn't know. "But you've read all this Chaucer stuff," I said. "You've read A Knight's Tale."

"Yes," she responded, "but this isn't that story."

Who the fuck knew? I didn't anyway (but y'all know I don't know my classics). I felt a touch cheated, but I persevered, with both the film and Wife.

"Is Paul Bettany playing Chaucer?" she asked me at one point. It certainly seemed that way. Now I don't know much (um, anything) about Chaucer, but for some reason I had a hunch he wasn't tall, blond, and dashing. Wife confirmed what I already suspected by telling me he was short, stocky (fat even), and she may even had said bearded.

Essentially she was describing how Mark Addy looked in the film. How weird that they've got this actor who looks just like Chaucer, and instead they use someone completely different.

By the way, early in our courtship (isn't that a lovely old word?), Wife and I sat just a couple of tables away from Mark Addy, who was then fresh from his Full Monty fame, in a Pizza Express restaurant. He was eating on his own. Not that there's anything intrinsically wrong with that; just that it seemed kinda sad that a man of certain celeb standing was eating alone in a pizza joint, y'know.

Anyway, I digress.

All I really wanted to say was that I thought A Knight's Tale was actually pretty good. Something of a guilty pleasure, you might say. At the right price I'd even consider buying the DVD so I can watch the first half too.

I'm not going to give this film a rating because maybe the first half is fucking rank, but I will say that I was very pleasantly surprised.

By the way, I think that Wife thinks I'm in love with Paul Bettany. But I hereby go on the record to say that I'm not, even though I do think he's a pretty good actor. And what better excuse to put a lovely pic of Jennifer Connelly here, for she is, in fact, in love with the aforementioned chap.

14 Comments:

Blogger apositivepessimist said...

I too have only seen snippets of that film. From the bits I saw it looked alright.

If it was repeated on the tele I'd watch it...well just having the three channels that's not saying much.

12 October, 2006 11:04  
Blogger Tanya said...

Seen the whole film. It's ok. Not amazing.

word ver. word: veeeda

(living' la veeeda loca, perhaps?)

12 October, 2006 16:00  
Blogger Radmila said...

I must give a shout out to your wife for being able to read Chaucer.

I tried.
Oh, how I tried....

12 October, 2006 16:20  
Blogger Suze said...

Asterisk, I think I could cope with watching it just for the clips with Jennifer in.

btw, your sidebar is now back! Woo hoo...

12 October, 2006 16:22  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

APP: Just three channels? You deprived dear. It's all right, that film.

Tanya: Yeah, I suspected it wouldn't be amazing, funnily enough, but it had something.

Radmila: She even got her Masters in medieval English literature; that's how smart she is!

Suze: Alas, there is no Jennifer, but she is the real-life wife of Paul Bettany -- hence the link. What do you mean, tenuous? Sidebar thanks to Alex, though it seems it was only a problem for IE users. Very odd, this intrawebnet stuff.

12 October, 2006 16:47  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I LOVE no LOVE, A Knight's Tale. I think it's totally worth having on dvd.

Now...I realize it's got pop and rock music...I just embraced it though I thought it was a lot of fun...


BUT more than that...it actually highlights an often forgotten asppect of what being a Knight was actually about or like...it was a grueling labour intensive job.

I can't think of many, even a couple of movies who have featured this aspect of jousting world and history.

I thought Bettany was super cool and funny as the reluctant aid to the Knights(you have tos ee the beginning dude!)

Now...I realize that I have a wide girth of enjoyment for movies, but this is an all round fun romp...and in a weird strange way...it's historcally accurate...well at least they show what a shite job it was to be jousting and competing as a 9-5 job...and I think that's worht the movie just for that....

and...I believe the Bowie song was Golden Years...which actually kind of suits the scene and characters and time period...odd yes, but I find it refreshing that a movie just goes against all odds and experiments.

12 October, 2006 17:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHo the fuck can argue with a picture of Jennifer Connelly?

Not anyone that I would ever want to associate with. ;)

Steve~

12 October, 2006 18:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHo the fuck can argue with a picture of Jennifer Connelly?

Not anyone that I would ever want to associate with. ;)

Steve~

12 October, 2006 18:19  
Blogger Camie Vog said...

My hubby had control of the remote control the night that movie was on cable. I, too, gave him the evil eye over it. Regardless, I was never able to get my hands on the remote. I sulked my way thru it.
Funny about the Mark Addy mention. He always seems to look a little sad, so I doubt it was just the pizza.

12 October, 2006 19:19  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

i actually really liked A Knight's Tale... it's certainly not the best thing ever done... but it's fun to watch... and i love love love paul bettany in it (even though he doesn't look like the real chaucer)

sad red's not a fan... but we can't all agree on everything, now can we? ;)

12 October, 2006 19:46  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Candy: I feel justified now, knowing that you like it (even tho' I know we have some differences of opinion, movie-wise). You're right about the Bowie song; and I didn't mind the music in the rest of the film, so it was maybe that this happened just a couple of minutes into my viewing that made it seem a little odd.

Steven: It's impossible to argue with a pic of Jennifer Connelly. Impossible I tell ya.

Camie: So you didn't dig it either, huh. Still, least you stuck around. Red went to bed.

Martha: Agreed, not the best movie in the history of the world, but a good lil' film. Bettany was top notch.

12 October, 2006 20:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was perfectly adorable...I watch it every time I'm hung over and it's on TNT (TV channel). I can drool over both Heath and the super hot princess chick with the cheekbones and eyebrows. And it doesn't make me think too hard. Frankly, it's win-win.

13 October, 2006 03:47  
Blogger Will said...

I once saw John Thompson - who, for some reason reminds me a lot of Mark Addy - sitting in the bar of the Alton Towers hotel. He was surrounded by lackeys, but I sensed a certain Addyesque sadness about him.

13 October, 2006 16:14  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Lee: I'm starting to see I'm not in such a minority after all. Phew! Did you know Heath and that princess and Mark Addy were all in another film together too?

Will: Odd, isn't it?

14 October, 2006 10:40  

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