The King

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While The King is sometimes less than the sum of its impressive parts, strong source material and gripping performances make this a period drama worth hailing.

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User Ratings: 28
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Hal (Timothée Chalamet), wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne, has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people. But when his tyrannical father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life -- including his relationship with his closest friend and mentor, the ageing alcoholic knight, John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton).

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  • Having survived the trial-by-fire of emerging as a sensitive, talented actor...Pattinson is free from the tyranny of having to make "good" decisions, giving him the opportunity to make interesting ones instead.

    Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • To quote another of the Bard's royal characters, it ends up feeling like a tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I don't expect David Michod's new film to dominate your Netflix home queue for very long, given that the movie - a messy and frequently bloody blend of Shakespeare's Henriad plays, but devoid of their language, scope and, well, drama - is forgettable.

    Oct 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • With weighty things to say about contemporary and corrupt institutions of power and even dangers of male hegemony, Michôd's non-preachy The King comes with philosophical heft and visual authority to match.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • So much of the poetry and the sense of loss has gone from this decaffeinated version of the story.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Michôd's most clever revision is in how artfully and skillfully he renders the film's final battle at Agincourt, only to undercut it with a more disquieting concluding note. Shakespeare, robbed of its poetry and its harmony, isn't so much.

    Oct 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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