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Prince Valiant (1997)

Katherine Heigl as Princess Ilene

Katherine Heigl as Princess Ilene

If I told you you could find Stephen Moyer, Katherine Heigl, Warwick Davis, Udo Kier and Ron Perlman all in one place, you probably wouldn’t guess it was Anthony Hickox’s 1997 action/fantasy/comedy Prince Valiant. But it is!

So, this is a confused little movie set during the time of King Arthur’s Camelot. The Vikings steal Excalibur, but the English think the Scots did it, so they declare a war. Valiant (pre-True Blood Moyer)

Is that you, Vampire Bill?

Is that you, Vampire Bill?

gets caught up in it when he’s asked to escort Princess Ilene (Heigl) back to her father’s castle.

I’m told Hickox wanted to make a goofy comedy out of this. The producers, on the other hand, wanted a serious action/romance flick, hence the confusion. The result, of course, is a movie that never really succeeds at being anything at all except a bit of a mess. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not enjoyable, though – it’s dumb and stupid enough to sit back, turn your brain off, and go along for the ride.

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