The King Is Alive (2001)
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Critic Reviews for The King Is Alive
The King is Alive interweaves the madness, the foolhardiness, the greed and the ferocity of human nature that Shakespeare depicted so brilliantly in Lear back in 1606, and shatters us again and again with its insights made refreshed.
:ags in the middle, growing more interesting -- if hardly more original -- only as the situation deteriorates.
It's all very watchable, thanks to excellent performances all around...
Levring's film isn't nearly as smart or original as he seems to think it is.
It doesn't escape its own ascetic pretensions.
Audience Reviews for The King Is Alive
What an unpleasant and nasty little film. The film is a character study of human nature with a bunch of unappealing characters. You can hardly become involved in a film when everyone in it is a jerk. Very slow moving, but has some stunning visual moments. The acting is good.
The writing/directing style reminded me of Hotel. In other words, a bit too artsy-fartsy for my tastes. I'd be curious to see another Dogme 95 movie though before I pass judgment on the movement.
(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] I liked the idea and execution of this film. Reminded my alot of Van Sant's [i]Gerry[/i], a favorite of mine. David Bradley is quite good here.
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