The King (2019)
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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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.
What should be soaring is instead lugubrious; what should be a ripping good yarn is instead dutiful and a little bit dull.
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.
To quote another of the Bard's royal characters, it ends up feeling like a tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
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.
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