"Movies like this give cookie-cutters a bad name."
When a movie is so unremittengly unoriginal and formulaic as the latest Martin Lawrence vehicle is, reviewers will often refer to them as 'cookie-cutter' movies. But I OWN some cookie-cutters. They're quite useful. The only thing Black Knight is good for is perhaps insect extermination. You could play this movie on an 8-hour loop and when you get back home, everything in your house will be dead.Bashing this movie is like Mike Tyson boxing Haley Joel Osment. Aside from severely devoted Martin Lawrence fans, I'd be hard pressed to find anyone who should see this movie. The plot is as bland and limp as a loaf of bread submerged in salt water. The performances are uniformly uninteresting. The production design reminds one of the Renaissance Fair that frequents the other side of the tracks. The jokes are simply not funny.
Through the miracle of completely unexplained plot devices, Jamal (Martin "Wuzzup" Lawrence) is thrown back in time. When he arrives at a massive castle, he logically assumes that it's an amusement park and he then sets off to piss off and annoy every human person he encounters. When Marty's not knocking things over and looking at large horse penises, he's shucking and jiving in a grossly cliched manner, as if we would forget that he's a black man.
Of course Jamal becomes a local hero through his moronic escapades. Of course Jamal beds a few wenches before humiliating them for some cheap gags. Of course Jamal thwarts a pompous adversary, saves the day and does some moonwalking to the delight of the great unwashed. The art of original screenwriting weeps audibly as this thunderously unfunny affair lurches forward.
Nobody survivies this non-movie intact. As the only black female around in the Dark Ages, an actress named Marsha Thomason wanders about looking comely and acting blandly. Tom Wilkinson bumbles about as the world's most rotund action hero, and Kevin Conway plays the role of King Leo as if he were on cocaine-laced sedatives.
Sorry to be so brief, but reviewing this movie is akin to describing a tin can. There's only so much analysis and description I can give to a vaccum like Black Knight. If you've seen the trailers, you've seen the movie. One's a lot longer than the other.In the interest of total disclosure, I will admit that I laughed once during this movie. It was when Jamal took a look at a medieval toilet and said "Eww! There's doody!!" Don't necessarily consider that an endorsement; I laugh whenever ANYONE says "doody".