King David (1985)
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Director Bruce Beresford has safely stayed within the domain of the Bible and not strayed into patches of Hollywood fiction in this routine version of the story of David (Richard Gere). For that reason, anyone unfamiliar with Biblical history might be puzzled by the episodic presentation of David's life. In the opening scenes, Samuel condemns Saul and anoints the young David as his heir, and in fairly quick succession David slays Goliath, incurs Saul's jealous wrath, leaves, and, much later,
Mar 29, 1985 Wide
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Though the overall problems may not be of his making, Richard Gere is of little help in the title role. Granted, he could have been truly awful (which he isn't), but he doesn't seem comfortable, either.
It seems a fundamental error to approach such a gory fantasia as though it were sober, four-square history.
Directed by Bruce Beresford in the worried manner of someone who feels it a triumph just to have gotten all the kings, prophets, soldiers, frond-waving townspeople, horses and donkeys on and off the screen on time.
The film is stuffed with anonymous, identically bearded faces, and it drowns in them.
Little more than a timeline doodle instead of a deep and meaningful portrait.
What were they thinking?
Why on earth Gere decided to slip into his loincloth and do the samba across the screen is anyone's guess, but it's part of the enduring mystery that is King David.
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