01 November 2019 18:31
In the lead, we have the always compelling Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), with Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible - Fallout), Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace), Ben Mendelsohn (Captain Marvel) and Robert Pattinson also starring. The King is actually based on a number of plays from the great William Shakespeare's Henriad; a name used to collectively refer to the master's historical plays. I've just had 140 minutes wasted by film director David Michôd, so I don't have the time or patience for being humble right now. Murray Abraham in King Lear at the Public Theater) and shoestring productions (Macbeth without sets, props or period clothes literally under a bridge in Queens, New York; it was terrific) and, as audiences throughout the ages will attest, few things can hold you in its thrall like Shakespeare done right. Robert Pattinson and Timothee Chalamet, The King Photo: Netflix The interior sets and chain mail all look pretty good, so from a visual point of view, The King isn't a total whiff.
I am simply baffled to think that anyone looked at this project and said: "yes, this is what we want to put out into the world." There are a lot of great things to watch on Netflix, even olde-timey British stuff. Netflix's The King is an unusual project, telling the story of the real-life King Henry V (Timothée Chalamet) and his war in France but using the framing and story progression of William Shakespeare's famous "Henriad" series of plays – Henry IV pt 1, Henry IV pt 2 and Henry V – to deliver the story. They've adapted Shakespeare's plot, including his fictional character of Sir John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton), but not included any of his iconic language – but according to director David Michôd (who co-wrote the film with Edgerton), it was really only the vivid characters that he wanted to bring over in his new version of the story. "It is an unusual approach," actor Ben Mendelsohn – who plays the older King Henry IV in the film – told us on the topic of Shakespeare's replaced language. "I mean, Shakespeare was really the thing that started me being an actor – doing a high school Midsummer Night's Dream playing Bottom.
"When you think about Henry V in other iterations, Shakespeare in performances, you very often think of guys who are young, but who are kind of approaching middle age. "But what really appealed to us about this story was the fact that Henry V was very young when he took the throne. In its finished form, Netflix's The King brings Shakespeare's story up to date while remaining resolutely part of the past, and it's a bit of a one-off in the world of literary adaptations. Whether this King will live as long as Shakespeare's Hal, only time will tell. After months of seeing teaser photos of Timothée Chalamet in a very questionable bowl cut, The King finally hits Netflix this weekend.
It tells the story of King Henry V of England, who has to take the throne after his father passes away. But while watching, I couldn't shake one feeling: The King is basically like if Game of Thrones got a movie. I'm here to present you with the receipts for the undeniable fact that Timothée's King Henry and Kit Harington's Jon Snow are literally the same person. [There are light spoilers for The King ahead, but in fairness, the Shakespeare plays this movie was based on have been around for literal centuries, so...your call.] The whole premise of The King is that Hal (King Henry) never wanted to be king in the first place. Kinda like King Henry over here. I legit thought Hal was going to say "I don't want it" at some point during the movie. Jon fell in love with legit the one girl he wasn't supposed to, who was his family's sworn enemy and also his AUNT, and Hal ends up with the daughter of the King of France, the country he just conquered.