A Feudal Situation
Black Knight
Review by Ross Anthony

"Ask not what your Fiefdom can do for you..."

Coming off of his less than funny, "Big Momma," Martin saddles up this solid comedy. Out only for himself and coin, Martin cleans the plaster-banked moats at his "Medieval World Theme Park" job when he accidentally slips into the trench. Though he plunges into the moat not far from his south-central LA hood, he bursts out of a pond someplace in Europe circa the middle ages.

Subjecting knights, lords, and damsels to his brash 21st century streetwise ways, Martin brings plenty of laughs by contrast and a whole new meaning to the phrase "a brother in arms."

The Medieval saga in which Martin finds himself plays formulaic (but charming) and with the addition of this "LA Laker in King Leo's Court" never sags.

Though only a few huge laughs break screen, "Black Knight" is ironclad entertainment from beginning to end, armored with many chuckles, gags and knee-slappers.

A drunken Englishman offers Martin some cooked rabbit from his forest campfire.

Martin shrieks, "What's that?"
Englishman, "Tis Food."
Martin, "Tis road-kill."

A very strong A-.

  • Black Knight. Copyright © 2001. Rated PG-13.
  • Starring Martin Lawrence, Marsha Thomason, Tom Wilkinson, Vincent Regan.
  • Directed by Gil Junger.
  • Written by Darryl J. Quarles and Peter Gaulke & Gerry Swallow.
  • Produced by Arnon Milchan, Darryl J., Michael Green, Paul Schiff at Fox/Regency/new Regency/Runteldat/The Firm.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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