The only exception comes with William's quest for romance. The pompous and cruel Count Adhemar (Rufus Sewell, Dark City) provides ample antagonism, but the dueling gents' shared interest in saucy young noblewoman Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon) makes no sense at all. Watching William willingly lose by her command to prove that his love for her is stronger than his pride, one wants to knock some sense into his head and tell him to redirect his manly lance toward Kate the blacksmith (Laura Fraser), or at least Jocelyn's handmaiden Christina (Berenice Bejo). Some knights just don't get it, do they?
That point aside, A Knight's Tale delivers more pageantry, countless humors and grand old-fashioned storytelling than just about anything you're likely to see this year. God save the queen, indeed. Huzzah!