By: Henry J. Fromage (Three Beers) –
The story of the long journey of Knights of Badassdom to the big screen (well a second-rate streaming platform release anyway) is another Hollywood sob story. It was filmed in 2010, dropped its first trailer in 2012, and now just got its odd release in January of 2014. In 2016 they’ll print a LaserDisk.
You have one of these still, right?
This movie captured Comic-Con hearts with its plot of LARPers being LARPY kinda like Role Models, but with a twist- when one accidentally reads a cursed spell out of an ancient book, they have some real sword and sorcery shenanigans in the offing.
While the setup of a game cast, including Steve Zahn, Summer Glau, Abed, I mean Danny Pudi, Peter Dinklage, and Peter Dinklage, dressed up and playing make believe is amusing, but the strength of this is all in the twist. It goes from a toothless high concept comedy to a comedy-horror film at the drop of a hat, and that’s always a stronger choice.
Did I mention Peter Dinklage?
As the scenario gets more and more ridiculous and the pretty quality gore effects start flying with greater frequency, the movie just gets more fun, leading up to a bugfuck finale with a healthy does of death metal. It’s pretty glorious.
To get that far, though, you have to sit through a good chunk of broad, lazy, fish in a barrel potshot comedy that’s exactly what you’d expect from its mid-high concept straight to DVD comedy brethren. Overblown reactions, piss poor joke writing, feeble sexism… yeah, it’s bad.
That narration is pretty damn cheesy. Also, did I mention how lazy the comedy was?
Knights of Badassdom starts off pretty badly, but stick it through to the end and you’ll get your time’s worth of entertainment.
Take a Drink: whenever a massively dorky bon mot is said
Take a Drink: for girlfriend drama
Take a Drink: for drugs and/or drinking
Take a Drink: for every spell that is sung
Take a Drink: for every demon murder
Do a Shot: for every punny team name