The King Is Dead (2012)
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Critic Reviews for The King Is Dead
The screenplay comes with a wealth of comical gags and observations about suburban life that many audiences should identify with.
If this film had a more propulsive plot, veered into Straw Dogs territory and retained its dark laughs, I imagine we would be talking about an Australian classic.
The King is Dead!, while not as brilliant as Bad Boy Bubby or Alexandra's Project, shares with those films a unique and perverse vision of Australian suburbia ... De Heer's always bold, and here he's bold again. The Independent King is certainly not dead.
The King is Dead has some great comic asides, and the finale paints Max and Therese into a genuinely dangerous and entertaining corner.
Audience Reviews for The King Is Dead
This is the worst movie that I've seen since Lost in Translation! How can anyone label this a comedy? There is NOTHING funny about this movie. We never laughed once. There is nothing even remotely humorous about this movie. Its about two stupid people who move in next to a party / crack house in Australia. It's like watching paint dry. You end up not caring about the paint or the wall surface, you just want it to be over. One thinks that maybe the end will bring some closure or resolution to the show but it's as lame and characteristically unfunny as the rest of the film.
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