Knightriders (1981) - Action, Drama

Hohum Score

23

Watchable

A medieval reenactment troupe find it increasingly difficult to keep their family-like group together, with pressure from local law enforcement, interest from entertainment agents and a growing sense of delusion from their leader.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Ed Harris, Gary Lahti
Length: 146 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 7 out of 44 found boring (15.9%)

One-line Reviews (22)

Nevertheless there is so much in the film that is richly entertaining and interesting, with many little moments being some of the funniest in any Romero film (including some high flying bits, and a hysterical cameo from Stephen King), and touching ones to boot in the climax.

However, this effect quickly wears off as we become totally immersed in this world.

The film is ponderous at points (with many sledgehammer-obvious monologues), repetitive at others (while the jousting tournaments are a marvel of slick editing, they don't vary much), and the premise is treated so seriously that at times it's hard not to laugh (and granted, there is a lot of intentional humor as well).

There are some pointless and obviously stretched out moments in the film, most notably after the final duel.

The audiences want to see blood, and the tragedy of it all lies in their ignorance to Billy's intense dream.

Yet in spirit I'm more reminded of a Howard Hawks film- a director who was an influence on Romero- in having a group of characters fitting an amusing, rousing adventure story where the old director's credo still stands- there's not much drama without action.

The focus on the individual characters journeys and lives is done in a fascinating way, yet so much is covered that at times the film can feel disjointed.

Many critics will say that the film is way too long.

The movie is full of jousting, true, but shown in such a way that it becomes dull and repetitive.

At first glance at the video box I was expecting a joyfully mad-cap despot future (a comic Mad Max so to speak) only to get this sporadically funny, relatively boring film instead.

Beyond that, it is exciting, well-made, and Ed Harris is superb, though everyone has come to expect that of him.

Definitely worth watching.

Bikers engaging in medieval games on their hogs is a fun idea.

Romero's eye and timing with the storytelling in action- and knowing how to keep things breathtaking (as with Dawn) without becoming too chaotic- is really un-canny and one of the most underrated aspects of his whole career, of which this would be his last credited as.

Yes, it does need to be shortened by about twenty minutes, but overall its an enjoyable film with many underlying lessons to learn from.

) left, consisting of mostly pointless and dull scenes.

No shocks, little emotion and dull humor.

Riding Knights - surprisingly boring .

DVD has an entertaining commentary track by Writer/Director:Romero, Make-Up Artist/Actor:Savini, Film Historian:Chris Stavrakis, Brief Comments by the director's wife and a few comments by actor:John Amplas.

When I left the theater I was moved by their search for honor.

On a technical Michael Gornick's gorgeous, surreal cinematography, Romero's script pops off the screen, the beautiful landscapes and thrilling action.

The fascinating journeys that are taken by the players in his films are what elevate his filmography above their respective genres.