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The King (2019)

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Critic Consensus: 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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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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Almost everything about The King works brilliantly, from the casting (not least Robert Pattinson as a deliciously detestable Dauphin) to the generally cracking script by Michôd and Edgerton.

November 13, 2019 | Full Review…

What should be soaring is instead lugubrious; what should be a ripping good yarn is instead dutiful and a little bit dull.

October 23, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

October 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.

October 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.

October 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.

October 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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