I’m not sure whether to file this one under “guilty pleasure” or not. It’s got all the substance light deliciousness that accompanies most guilty pleasures, the problem is I don’t think I feel the requisite amount of guilt or shame which is supposed to be associated with a guilty pleasure. But as we’ve established, my shame gland, like my self-preservation instinct, is somewhat underdeveloped. So file this where you see fit.
We all have a movie or two we watch when we need to cheer up. Something guaranteed to lighten our mood no matter what’s going on in our lives. For me, my go to movie is A Knight’s Tale.
I’m not gonna lie. It’s almost entirely about naked Chaucer.
Now before anyone raises any complaints (I don’t really expect any of our readers to do this, but in case some random know-it-all happens by): I’m a very part time medievalist, but I’ve spent some quality time with Geoffrey Chaucer. I am well aware that this movie is in no way a faithful depiction of his life or fiction. I’m also quite secure in the knowledge that Geoffy would have loved this movie.
For whatever reason, historical films which make a show of being “historically accurate” but aren’t drive me nuts. But when a movie just throws historical accuracy out the window and is open about it, I tend to love it. Except the movie version of Funny Girl because the costumes are simply ugly. So the use of Queen music and David Bowie in a film about the middle ages? Just fine with me. (Also, not convinced David Bowie wasn’t around then) Those crazy assed hair styles and costumes that Shannyn Sossaman wears? Delightful.
And did I mention naked Chaucer?
Which is to say nothing of clothed Chaucer in his glam rock coat doing the herald thing. Which I adore.
Oh! And Edward the Black Prince of Wales. Who is scrumptious.
Speaking of Scrumptious we also get Alan Tudyk playing a character who really doesn’t make any sense but doesn’t need to on account of his Alan Tudyk.
Is it any wonder this movie improves my mood? My students should be grateful: I have it on in the background as I’m grading their tests. I expect the averages to be high.