“The Kid Who Would Be King”
I have looked so forward to begin the sharing of movies I have collected as “special”. Movies of significance, in my opinion. We spent some time in “Star Wars”, and they will probably be mentioned from time to time. I believe God has called us to be “warriors” of heaven, not just comfort seeking citizens. But our battle is to “give life”, not take. And we have a Sword that is a life-bringer, not taker! And what does such a warrior look like? Put in simplest terms, Jesus, the one I am called to serve. I am called to raise up “disciples”, not self-seeking immature children.
The vision I live by is filled with a gleaming Sword of Significance, the Word of God. Because of my personal perspective, I have found there have been movies made with swords, not all of them, but some of them really speak to me in a significant way, and I have delighted in sharing them with friends, family, and the Fellowship. I have collected these special movies over the years of my life and now hope to share them at this site.
I never know what order God will lead me to share them in. But I will attempt to put some kind of possible order here, but nothing is written in stone or stuck in stone as Excalibur was. Swords of Significance we seek, but not all swords can be seen in some of these movies, such as the movie I expect to follow today’s chosen one. We start with: “The Kid Who Would Be King”.
Here is what is written on the back of the case: “Young Alex is just another bullied kid until he discovers the legendary sword of Excalibur, and begins training as a knight with wizard Merlin. Alex must turn schoolyard enemies into allies, and become the leader he never dreamed he could be to defeat the wicked Morgana and save the world.”
Of course this is another movie of good against evil, but with all the “supernatural” involved, it takes on a certain relationship to the Christian battle as well. The special effects are very well done. I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed this show, because I thought it would be more for children, and it can be, my grandchildren very much enjoy it, but I think any adult of a pure heart will also enjoy it too.
Warning> Spoilers follow.
This movie also involves two bullies, named Lance and Kaye. Alex and his friend, Bedders, are constantly tormented by these two mean spirited youth who are larger and stronger. Lance and Kaye plot to harm Alex as he walks home, but Alex hides in a construction site where he finds and extracts a mysterious sword from solid concrete! Lance and Kaye do not see this happen, and of course, we know, this sword must be Excalibur! But Alex has no understanding of this, yet.
The next day a very strange new kid shows up at their school. Merlin has come to the sword! But in disguise! And everything begins happening from there. An eclipse is to occur in just a few days, and when it does, the evil Morgana will rise from the earth along with her supernatural army! Unless Alex and his team defeat her, the earth will be enslaved and destroyed!
A very interesting element in Alex’s challenge is, he chooses the two bullies, Lance and Kaye as part of his team! The only people who can actually see Morgana and her attacks are people who have been “knighted” by Alex with Excalibur! This is a huge problem! Because Lance and Kaye are anything but prime knighthood material! They are mean! Self-centered! And now they must live by “Chivalric Code”???!
This is where I want to spend a little time. Of course when we think of the sword, Excalibur, we think of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Legend has it these knights were sworn to a code of honor to live by and uphold. The Christian also has a Code of honor, a code of pure heart, a Code of Christ. It is said in many ways in our Sword of Significance. I especially like Philippians 4: 8 >
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
This movie has a little different list, but still an excellent code to live by. Merlin begins to instruct the four youth in this code, and he starts by explaining this way:
“The Chilvaric Code is the set of rules by which all noble knights live. Obeying the Code from the moment the sword is drawn is what makes you pure of heart. And only a pure heart can slay Morgana. 1.) Honor those you love. 2.) Refrain from deliberate or unprovoked offense. (Bullying?) 3.) Speak the truth at all times. 4.) Persevere in any enterprise until the end. Break any of these rules from the moment the sword was drawn and your quest is lost before it is even begun.”
I love it. I thought it an interesting point to say the Code begins from the moment you draw the sword. Of course Lance and Kaye have problems with every one of these rules. It is explained that a difficult childhood has probably caused them to be this way. But even Alex has a problem too.
I wonder what promises we have made to Christ in which we often fail, or struggle not to fail, in more than an ordinary way? We all seem to have our particular weaknesses, but it is imperative we do not give up or give in! The moment we stop hating the evil, stop fighting and decide to embrace it, that is when we could lose our very soul. None of us are perfect, but when we stop fighting, and surrender to embracing, that’s a whole different thing. We have taken on a new master, and no man can serve two masters. I always want to be samurai to Christ.
I would like to share one thing from another favorite movie of mine that relates to this. It also is a Code of Knighthood as shared in the very first movie of “Dragon Heart”. It went like this: 1.) A knight is sworn to valor! 2.) His heart knows only virtue! 3.) His blade defends the helpless! 4.) His might upholds the weak! 5.) His words speak only truth! 6.) His wrath undoes the wicked!
We need “standards” in our life. How many good Codes still exist today in this world of moral compromise and seek your own truth? How many Codes of honor and valor lie broken and twisted upon bloody spiritual battlefields of the soul because the warriors forsook their warrior ways and raised a flag of surrender?
“When the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isa. 59:20)
In truth, God’s answer is a standard. The church is to be that city upon a hill shining the light of such a standard, inspiring all mankind not to slowly slide into the days of Noah! But this modern church we have today, does not seem to shine so bright anymore, as all her warriors embrace worldly ways and material pleasures. But God always has his Remnant, and they shall find David, even if he be living in caves.
This movie is a fantasy fiction. I believe it to be an excellent analogy of spiritual warfare when viewed from the right perspective. It is a visual picture of what is actually invisible to us. So I like to follow this movie with one based on a true story. What does this spiritual warrior life look like in reality? What do we see with our eyes? I follow it with a movie entitled: “Beyond the Black Board”. Another very excellent show about a real person, an incredible person, who made something really special happen. She brought beauty out of ashes. She may not have been a Christian, the movie does not say, but Christians ought to be known for doing such things. Coming next! Save your seat under the Willow Tree!