When COVID-19 first began, I thought it would be a great idea to watch pandemic related and virus themed movies. I even made a binge-watch list. But after watching Contagion, I was left riddled with anxiety and panic as the film was far too close to our current situation. I wasn’t expecting it to hit that close to home and it left me incredibly uncomfortable. I even stopped medicating with horror movies for a while and chose happier, uplifting things like comedies and familiar Disney films. That was almost 2 months ago now and I’m still hesitant about certain movies triggering things, but it’s time to move on which is why I gave the post-apocalyptic film A KNIGHT’S TOUR a chance.
A KNIGHT’S TOUR was directed and written by Marvin Choi. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where nothing feels safe or certain. A young man, J.D. (Darnel Powell), stumbles upon a remote cabin in the mountains and forms an unlikely friendship with a detached hermit, Henry (Joseph Price). Henry has been isolated for so long that his connection to reality is far from gone. He doesn’t trust anything or anyone, but he enjoys J.D.’s company despite his suspicions. Will this new friendship benefit them both or end up disastrous?
The film is a slow burn that takes a while to build but it’s well worth the wait. I found the story to be realistic in hitting close to home; the isolation of it all and how maddening that can become. I think many of us already feel incredibly alone and we haven’t even been in quarantine THAT long. When isolated from the outside world, it’s easy to lose touch with reality and forget what’s important. We see this throughout the film as well as the importance of what reaching out can do, even if it is with a stranger.
Darnel Powell and Joseph Price both deliver emotionally driven performances that will impress even the toughest critics. You feel for both of their situations and fall in love with their awkwardly strained but much-needed friendship. One of my favorite scenes is when Henry makes J.D. some spaghetti because he’s never had it before. He doesn’t even know what it’s called and says it reminds him of SpaghettiO’s that he once loved as a kid. However, he says they are way better than that though, so they should give it a better name: tomato noodles. There’s just something uniquely genuine and charming about the scene. It made me fall in love with the characters and hope for more dialogue like that throughout the film. And there is.
The ending was crazy intense and caught me by surprise. Their relationship goes on an emotional rollercoaster and you’re not sure what’s going to happen next. I didn’t expect it to end the way it did, but you’ll have to watch it yourself to see how it all pans out.
A KNIGHT’S TOUR was surprisingly wonderful and uplifting. I’ve been in a deep emotionally overbearing rut lately, but I’m grateful that I was able to enjoy this film and relate to the characters. Sometimes understanding one’s pain helps you feel less alone especially when you feel like you don’t have control over anything, and nothing feels normal. And right now, nothing does. A KNIGHT’S TOUR is now available on digital.