YMMV / A Knight's Tale

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Adhemar's hallucination just prior to his defeat at the end is so bizarre and out of nowhere that it's actually cut out on many TV airings of the film.
    • Unless you subscribe to the theory that Rufus Sewell's entire character/characterization is making fun of Joaquin Phoenix in "Gladiator".
  • Cliché Storm: Some would argue that there isn't very much that's original in this film beyond the main gimmick.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The songs the rest of the Five-Man Band sing in a tavern about William.
    He's blonde/he's pissed/he'll see you in the lists/Lichtenstein/Lichtenstein!
    He's blonde/he's tanned/he's the greatest in the land/Lichtenstein/Lichtenstein!
    • Chaucer has a solo act later, when collecting the group's money from the Frenchmen betting against William.
    Chaucer: He's quick/he's funny/he makes me lots of money/Lichtenstein/Lichtenstein...
    • The soundtrack in general. The opening set to Queen's "We Will Rock You," concluding with the epic Brian May guitar solo (apparently, in-universe, played on a trumpet). David Bowie's "Golden Years" highlighting the romantic dance between William and Jocelyn, and "The Boys Are Back In Town" as the knights ride in to London for the World Championships.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: A lot of people feel that Will should have pursued Kate rather than Jocelyn.
    • He goes with the noblewoman. A small consolation being that this makes Kate's dead husband a rare example of a male Lost Lenore.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Quite possibly deliberate, according to the DVD Commentary.
  • Ho Yay: Chaucer and Wat. They are also a major Fan-Preferred Couple.
    • Ok check out about 2:34 of this. Kick, my foot.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Jocelyn. The general consensus is that while she is lovely, the amount of praise over her looks is extremely over the top, particularly since she wears a lot of bizarre and unflattering outfits and hairstyles. Not helping matters is that other female characters, despite being just as, if not more, attractive, receive no attention or remarks.
    • The only other women are Cristiana (a lady-in-waiting who can't look better the lady she serves) and Kate (a travelling blacksmith for whom clothing choice is far more about practicality than prettiness). Jocelyn's hair and clothing is probably a relic of her noble birth - she can afford to have crazy hair and useless clothes because she doesn't have to work.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: There's fanfiction of Kate/Will, Kate/Wat, Kate/Chaucer, Kate/Roland, and Kate/Adhemar.
  • Magnificent Bastard: A protagonist-friendly example in Edward, the Black Prince of Wales.
    • Nearly every bad thing that has happened to Adhemar in this movie has been at least indirectly caused by Prince Edward — or more accurately, by Adhemar's own refusal to joust him. A short time after this occurs, Adhemar is called away to war — on the Black Prince's orders — where he frequently sees the results of the tournaments that have taken place in his absence, all of them being won by William and the fact of it all causing him great anger. Then, when he comes back, he manages to expose 'Ulrich von Lichtenstein' as William Thatcher; Edward's retaliation is to fully pardon and knight William, urge him to fight in the tournament and then cheer him on.
    • There's also his speech when he knights William:
    This is my word and as such it is beyond contestation
  • Narm: The romantic dialogue can sometimes come off this way.
    • WIIILIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM! It doesn't help that the line is said by William himself.
    • Narm Charm: However, the romantic dialogue still works since William's supposed to be struggling with expressing his feelings.
      • Especially hilarious is when he's fumbling over words and manages to spurt out "Your breasts! They are ... below your throat."
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • You know Jocelyn's maid? Believe it or not, but that's actually Berenice Bejo, who would go on to receive major critical praise and recognition for her role in The Artist and be nominated for an Academy Award.
    • Heath Ledger, natch. While some fans remember him for his role as William, he would only get his big break on three subsequent movies (even getting an Academy Award in one of them)... all before biting it midway in production of the last.
  • The Scrappy: Jocelyn. Despite having some good lines and moments, for whatever reason (her status as The Obstructive Love Interest, her actress, the fact that Kate's way cooler, her hair?) she grates on the nerves of a lot of people who otherwise love the movie.
    • There's also her insane Engagement Challenge to Will, which a good deal of viewers don't forgive. Though it was lifted from a 12th century poem, 'Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart'. Jocelyn wants poetry in her life, after all, and she also wants to show Will that she doesn't regard herself as a mere trophy to be won by jousting.
    • It goes into completely unreasonable territory when people invoke feminism as a reason to hate Jocelyn, saying that Kate was a better romantic option for Will due to being a "strong female character". There's the small fact that if the fans were as "feminist" as they claimed, they wouldn't say that a "strong female character" needs a (male) romantic interest to make her truly whole, not to mention Kate is a widow going through The Mourning After. Kate is a rare example in film of a female teammate in an otherwise male team who is accepted entirely on her own terms, not as someone's love interest.
  • Tear Jerker: In-Universe example; William's friends all suffer some amount of this when he is about to be taken away for impersonating a knight.
    William: Roland, you would see me run?
    Roland: Yes.
    William: And you, Chaucer
    Chaucer: Yes, with all the pieces of my heart, William.
    William: Wat, you and me, we're not runners.
    Wat: Yes, today we are.
    William: Kate?
    Kate: Run William.
    • And when they were all helping Will compose a love letter. "I miss you like the sun misses the flower".
    • Anything involving William's father is genuinely moving, which is rather odd given the rest of the film's Camp tone.
  • Woolseyism: The idea was that modern audiences would perceive the tournaments the same way a medieval audience would have. It's sort of a transculturation convention.
    • Tilting (the actual name for it, jousting was the name for the whole series of competitions) isn't a very hard sport to follow in the first place; you knock someone off their horse and you win, if neither falls the winner is determined by who broke more lances (or who scored more hits) on his opponent.