King's Game (Kongekabale) Reviews
For the rest of the hunt you'll be watching both trying to figure out which they are. If you can tell then you're doing well!
With a level of acting seamless enough to make you forget it's acting, a score that's replaced its strings section with tension & tease and cinematography that understands how to revel in the subtleties of a character, it stands out as a film with direction, confidence and merit earned on its own terms.
If you're bored by good-guy / bad-guy political showpieces eager to explore burning moral dilemmas (yuk!) then this is the antidote you've been looking for. I almost don't want to recommend it, because then I might run into someone and say "hey have you seen Kongekabale? It's ab--- oh you've seen it?... Damn."
Really great movie - watch it!
The two problems I had were that a) the cover-up didn't seem to be that massive an issue. Obviously it was a bad thing and shouldn't have been done, but I didn't get the feeling of 'nail that bastard to the wall' - more 'that wasn't very nice but I guess in politics you've gotta do what you can.'. Perhaps that says more about British and US politics as those are the systems I know. Oh, and b) the stakes weren't high enough - ie I never felt our lead character was in that much danger from the story he was chasing.
So overall it was an interesting diversion but I think that it suffers in comparrison to House of Cards and State of Play, both of which feature bigger 'conspiracies' and put the lead charatcers at greater risk, while saying more about the state of politics.