Look, I know that this film isn't a 5/5 movie. But this is the umpteenth time I've seen it. And we were watching the extended edition. So yeah, it is to me.
The fact this was an extended re-watch should tell you enough about how I feel about this film. I mean, I actually own the extended version. Did you even know there was an extended version? Admittedly, most of the 'extended' bit is an awkward scene with Chaucer's otherwise absent wife. Whilst she is naked. With Chaucer. It's a bit weird... Oh! And then there's the scene where Will gives an impassioned speech about how the poor will always remain poor, because poverty is the one thing money can't buy. Actually, that scene's quite clever and should have probably remained in the final film at the expense of a couple of seconds jousting every now and then...
But who cares. It's Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Alan Tudyk, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Laura Fraser, Shannyn Sossamon. The cast is brilliant, the script is brilliant, the whole Queen (the band) meets medieval jousting vibe is brilliant, the plot about a nobody becoming a somebody is right up my street. Even after years, even after countless viewings, it still makes me laugh hysterically, tear up occasionally, punch the air with pent-up excitement, and love every damn minute.
In other words: it has been weighed. It has been measured. And it has been found, utterly, absolutely, and completely freaking AWESOME! *guitar riff, crowd cheers in Middle English* Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week.