"Knights of Badassdom"; Badass or Dumb?
Ashton and Joe, hosts of the Next Level Nerd LARP podcast “321 Lay-On!” join Justin on the NLN Movie Podcast to discuss the critical and commercial bomb “Knights of Badassdom”. Is it really awful or does it deserve another look? We cast a rejuvenation spell to give this sucker another look and you can find the audio version on nextlevelnerd.com or wherever you cast your pod.
Movie: Knights of Badassdom
Released: January 21st 2014 (Limited US Release)
Production Company: IndieVest Pictures and North by Northwest Entertainment
· Critical Response:
o Rotten Tomatoes:
Tomato Meter: 67%
Audience Score: 37%
o Meta Critic:
o Cinema Score:
o Budget: Couldn’t find this information
o Box Office: $123,854
· Why are we reviewing it?
o It made less than $200k, was shit on by critics, but shit on more by the audience on Rotten Tomatoes, and disowned by director Joe Lynch after the film was delayed and re-edited by production company IndieVest. It’s also one of the few major films about LARP that we know of.
o 'Tis about to get medieval up in here.
o Canst Thou Handle It?
o Let the Game Begin.
o Conquer the Demon.
· Written by:
o Kevin Dreyfuss & Matt Wall
This is basically their only writing credit on IMDb
· Directed by:
o Joe Lynch
Wrong Turn 2
o The score is done by Bear McCreary and as always, it’s excellent.
Agents of SHIELD
God of War
The Cloverfield Paradox
Happy Death Day
· The Cast:
o Peter Dinklage
o Jimmi Simpson
o Summer Glau
o Danny Pudi
o Steve Zahn
o Ryan Kwanten
o Margarita Leveiva
o Brian Posehn
Mitchell’s Critical Corner(TM):
“This movie about Live Action Role Players (or LARPers) -- men and women who act out Dungeons and Dragons in real settings, in costumes -- is so haphazard it might have been thought up during a game of Mad Libs.”
– Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
“While the LARPers are ostensibly treated with affection, the film still repeatedly goes for low-hanging comedy fruit such as the histrionic and incorrect olde-English-speak they use while in-game, an obvious gag that quickly grows tiresome.”
– Dan Kaufman, Paste Magazine
“A one-note joke and a whiff of a story that fails to offer a single reason - literal or metaphorical - why dressing up as a fictional character is enjoyable or rewarding.”
– Todd Gilchrist, TheWrap
“Supernatural slasher haunts a live-action role-playing game. The cast is clearly having fun, but none of it rubs off on us; Peter Dinklage and Steve Zahn are completely squandered.”
– MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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