Knightriders (1981) - Action, Drama

Hohum Score

31

Bearable

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: 8 out of 45 found boring (17.77%)

One-line Reviews (23)

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

No shocks, little emotion and dull humor.

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

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.

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

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

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).

Riding Knights - surprisingly boring .

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.

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.

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

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

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

Definitely worth watching.

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

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

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

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.

Even having an art's concept by Romero it's hard to watch picture, a mortorcycles troupe try to lives in modern days under Camelot's law and their old rules, living in a parallel world traveling around countryside on small cities featuring a sort of contest usually made in the past by horse instead motorcycles, the results is quite boring and severly overlong, a kind of the circus performance and safeguard their values without using a modern publicity to reach to the public, the actions in the contests are awful and aimlessly, arid and dull picture that scratched in some way Romero's legacy!!

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

) left, consisting of mostly pointless and dull scenes.

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.