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The King (2019)

In 15th-century England, Prince Hal transforms from wayward wastrel to powerful king after he reluctantly inherits the throne and it's many conflicts.

#Drama 133 min
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★★★★★

"The Australian film-maker David Michôd has been interested in the themes of lineage, loyalty, corruption and succession since his 2010 crime drama debut Animal Kingdom. It makes sense, then, that four films into his career (and with a Netflix-sized budget) he’d scale up – and what could be more high stakes than Shakespeare? Borrowing his characters from Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V but dispensing with his iambic pentameter, Michôd and co-writer Joel Edgerton fashion The King as a straightforward and plainspoken coming-of-age tale centring on Timothée Chalamet’s Prince Hal."

"Orson Welles once said that “every single way of playing and staging Shakespeare — as long as the way is effective — is right.” It’s hard to know if Welles would have been as kindly disposed to an effort like “The King."

★★★★★

"‘If it rains tonight, we fight tomorrow,” declares Timothée Chalamet, huddled with his fellow actors in the final act of The King, David Michôd’s sombre, bruising adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henriad. Chalamet, the limpid star of Beautiful Boy and Call Me By Your Name, is playing Henry V."


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