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The King Reviews

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Luke B

Super Reviewer

September 24, 2008
Somehow against all odds The King is dark yet somehow fulfilling. Bernal is terrific in a role where he hides who he really is. His actions seem to come off with no malicious intent despite the obvious destruction they could cause. It makes for an extremely creepy and twisted protagonist. This isn't someone who lurks in the shadows or gives you the evil eye from a distance, no twiddling of mustaches either. The revenge aspect is handled brilliantly to the point where it doesn't feel like a revenge film. It starts off with very gritty hand held camera work but as the film progresses to a more suburban local the camera settles and bright greens make it look like a pleasant world. This is also the time that religious aspects enter the film. Hurt has created an eden and left his past sins behind him but Bernal is a snake. The final integration of the King into the family environment is heartbreaking on all accounts as the metaphorical wrecking ball is just off in the distance. It's excellent stuff and crafted with care and passion without ever being heavy handed or inaccessible.
Kylie B

Super Reviewer

June 27, 2007
Interesting, but the dialogue seems somewhat clunky in places to me. Perhaps that's due to the upbringing of the characters, but I'm not sure. The cinematography and music are beautiful, but I don't think I like the film. It's a good film, I just don't engage with it very well. Still, what a way to conduct revenge.

Super Reviewer

June 12, 2006
[font=Century Gothic]In "The King", Elvis(Gael Garcia Bernal) has just been released from the navy and is heading home. Home in this case is Corpus Christi, Texas where his illegitimate father, David Sandow(William Hurt), is now a very successful preacher, married with a family of his own. His son, Paul(Paul Dano), is about to graduate high school and has been accepted at Baylor University, but not before trying to persuade his high school to teach intelligent design. His daughter, Malerie(Pell James), is a couple of years younger than Paul. David refuses to have anything to do with Elvis and does not tell his family about him. This does not stop Elvis from actively pursuing Malerie...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"The King" is a good movie which is reminiscient of the morally ambiguous movies that Francois Ozon and Michael Haneke have made. It is unclear what Elvis' motives are or what he hopes to gain but it is clear that he does throw a wrench into David's carefully cultivated life. David is not a hypocrite but somebody who truly believes in God.(He distances himself from Elvis because he views him just as the result of a past indiscretion. Whether or not there is anything racist in his attitude is another question.) He does follow a stereotypical conservative behavior pattern in driving an SVU and hunting with his son while his daughter cooks and cleans. But in this film, Texas is pictured as being much more secular than its stereotype. [/font]
Daniel P

Super Reviewer

October 19, 2006
Some spoilers ahead. Constantly testing the limits of plausibility, The King largely succeeds due to the strength of the acting and subtle, low-key direction. Gael Garcia Bernal shows exceptionally little emotion - he is cold and vicious, although it's hard to know if he's being deliberately calculating, or if he's just unhinged, or (most probably) a combination. Pell James is especially brilliant in the most difficult to believe role. Her reaction when Elvis tells her about Paul is so convincingly played that it's almost possible to overlook how much it actually stretches credibility. The very difficult to watch sermon at the end of the film demonstrates Pell James' skill with body language and emotion as we see her gradually realise the full extent of the truth. William Hurt also puts in a typically layered performance. In truth, this film is so melodramatic in content that it would be impossible to take seriously were it not so understatedly played and filmed. A very interesting film. "We're going to hell."
Marcus W

Super Reviewer

June 7, 2008
"from the writer of Monsters Ball" - and it shows, that guy could really do with taking a holiday, watching cartoons, getting laid, anything to cheer him up. This film is pretty damn bleak and seems determined to be that way. It's not a total loss though as there's some wonderful acting from William Hurt and Benal, the problem lies with a severe lack of characterisation on Benal's part which makes his actions seem odd. Just another ten minutes to explain his background, that's all it needs.

Super Reviewer

September 13, 2008
The King is dead.Pronounce the actual king.Elvis...isn't it ironic?Whether it's fiction or not,the protagonist is a punisher,a living avenging machine.Bernal is vicious under his cold expression and despite some straightforward situations after 45 minutes,it'll give you a specific thought against religious intolerance towards the end.Great film but no masterpiece.

Super Reviewer

December 26, 2007
Sarah P

Super Reviewer

July 25, 2007
The plotline is outrageous but somehow believable and it makes for a slightly unpredictable thrilling drama
September 17, 2006
I accidentally borrowed this from the library and decided to watch it anyway. This film starts out awkward and continues to become more awkward in an amazingly wild story line.
September 16, 2013
This is not an enjoyable movie, but that's not because it isn't well made. It's just a very uncomfortable, very dark, very depressing tale with no likeable characters and a completely unsatisfying ending. But I'm pretty sure that was the intent, so I can't entirely hate it for those reasons. The acting is good, it's just kind of like pulling teeth to watch it.
July 13, 2013
Interesting and somewhat unconventional story, but too unfocused to be shocking. Good acting makes it watchable, but you could only do so much with vaguely written characters.
October 16, 2012
This was a rather slow movie and the ending made no sense. It was mildly interesting and the story was definitely twisted enough to keep your interest.
June 3, 2009
Bernal & Hurt are really good as the characters they play in The King. A dramatic thriller; a look into the "wrath of a woman scorned" is what this movie becomes at the skeletal frame! You know things are bound to happen but you just dont know how they will manifest. Therefore, the film is full of surprises, then it becomes a suspense...a darlky unforgettable and unforgiving heartfelt tale! Pell James, Paul Dano and Laura Harring are excellent in their support roles too. All very convincing performances.
March 8, 2009
Brilliant movie! I did not expect it to be so dark but I was on the edge of my seat. I loved the role religion plays in this movie! It makes you think about who goes to Heaven.
September 30, 2008
lack of character development and plausibility make this a chore to sit through. the impressive performances from the cast is unfortunately its only highlight.
March 6, 2008
One crazy mother who slept with his half sister, then kills her and others? Strange but interesting.
August 16, 2007
So unbelivably twisted. The look on his half sisters face at the end in the church is priceless. Gael Garcia Bernal is a great actor.
July 11, 2007
This movie was okay but could have been better. The whole brother/sister thing was pretty disturbing
June 25, 2007
Disturbing and tragic. I kept cringing while I watched. Found this little gem on cable by accident
June 25, 2007
Discharged from the Navy with a duffle bag and service riffle in hand, Elvis (Gael Garcia Bernal) sets out for the town of Corpus Christi, Texa, to track down the father he has never met. He soon learns that his father, David Sandow ( Wiliams Hurt), is now the pastor of a thriving Baptist Church and wants nothing to with Elvis who is a shameful reminder of his own sinful past and a long-kept secret from his now legitimate famil-beautiful wife. Twyla (Laura Harring), upstanding son Paul(Paul Dano) and his dreamy daughter Malerie (Pell James). David orders his family to stay away from this handsome stranger, but Elvis has already befriended the sheltered and lonely Malerie who has no idea of their blood connection. As their forbidden relationship become more intende, Elvis begins to slowly infiltrate his father's family, setting the stage for an explosion of viloence and tragedy that reaches Biblical proportions.
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