The King's Guard (2000) starring Eric Roberts, Ron Perlman, Lesley-Anne Down, David Beecroft, Brian Cousins, Gerald Patrick Cox, Kit Davlin directed by Jonathan Tydor Movie Review

The King's Guard (2000)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Trevor St. John in The King's Guard (2000)

The Princess and the Guard

With her father's throne in peril Princess Gwendolyn (Ashley Jones) is set to be married which will aid her father whilst the brave, young Capt. John Reynolds (Trevor St. John) is secretly in love with the forthright princess. But matters are complicated thanks to the treacherous former guard Augustus Talbert (Eric Roberts) and Lord Morton (Ron Perlman) who wants her dowry.

Let me start this review of "The King's Guard" by saying that whilst Eric Roberts' mug is emblazoned on the DVD box he is not the star of the movie, nor are Ron Perlman or Lesley-Anne Down the other truly recognizable names in this swashbuckling drama. That is a disappointment as seeing Roberts face on the DVD cover was the reason why I watched and to be presented with a lot of other actors was not what I was expecting.

Put that aside and well "The King's Guard" wants to be like the "Three Musketeers" with some sword action, some quirky characters and some fun. But unfortunately whilst it ticks all the boxes those boxes don't actually work together and at times feels like a romance the next a period comedy and then an adventure movie. If the whole thing had blended together more then not only might "The King's Guard" have worked but the end result would have felt a lot less like a spoof movie which is sadly what then end result is as you have what ends up a lot of set piece scenes.

Now this leaves me in a bit of a quandary because whilst "The King's Guard" ended up being entertaining it is more because it ended up feeling corny and amateurish. You also get a sense that all the actors involved found the whole thing laughable with Eric Roberts looking constantly on the verge of laughter in almost every scene.

What this all boils down to is that whilst "The King's Guard" is entertaining it is more for it feeling very wrong rather than for being right.