The King

2019  140 MN

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David Michôd

England, 15th century. Hal, a capricious prince who lives among the populace far from court, is forced by circumstances to reluctantly accept the throne and become Henry V.

 Release Date

October 11, 2019


2h20m (140 min)

 Top Billed Cast

 Timothée Chalamet
 Joel Edgerton
 Sean Harris
 Lily-Rose Depp
 Thomasin McKenzie
 Philippa, Queen of Denmark

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William Shakespeare Original Story
Joel Edgerton Screenplay
David Michôd Screenplay


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Timothée Chalamet
Joel Edgerton
Sean Harris
Lily-Rose Depp
Thomasin McKenzie
  Philippa, Queen of Denmark
Robert Pattinson
  The Dauphin
Ben Mendelsohn
  King Henry IV
Andrew Havill
  Archbishop of Canterbury
Dean-Charles Chapman
Steven Elder
Edward Ashley
Stephen Fewell
Tara Fitzgerald
Tom Fisher
Ivan Kaye
Tom Lawrence
Niké Kurta
Nicholas Wittman
Philip Rosch
  Lord Chamberlain
Lucas Hansen
  Eric, King of Denmark
Tom Lacroix
Cedric Cirotteau
  French Envoy
Vincent Latorre
  Jean D'Estouteville
Harry Trevaldwyn
Jeremy Chevillotte
  French Lord Steward
Thibault de Montalembert
  King Charles VI
Oscar Bennett
  William's Page Boy


Brad Pitt
Francine Maisler
Des Hamilton
David Minkowski
Steve E. Andrews
  First Assistant Director
William Shakespeare
  Original Story
Joel Edgerton
Joel Edgerton
Dede Gardner
Liz Watts
Jane Petrie
  Costume Designer
Ildikó Kemény
Nash Edgerton
  Second Unit Director
David Michôd
David Michôd
David Michôd
Adam Arkapaw
  Director of Photography
Jeremy Kleiner
Sam Petty
  Sound Designer
Edoardo Petti
  Second Assistant Director
Fiona Crombie
  Production Design
Alessandro Bertolazzi
  Makeup & Hair
Peter Nightingale
  Unit Production Manager
Anita Overland
Peter Sciberras
Steve Dent
  Stunt Coordinator
Peter Mountain
  Still Photographer
Robert Mackenzie
  Sound Designer
Robert Mackenzie
  Supervising Sound Editor
Paul Purdy
  Property Master
Flora Moody
  Key Hair Stylist
Alice Felton
  Set Decoration
Nicholas Britell
  Original Music Composer
Andrew Jackson
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Ryō Murakawa
  Key Hair Stylist
Jan Petřina
  Stunt Coordinator
Colin Mutch
  Property Master
Christina Oh
  Executive Producer
Matthew Hywel-Davies
  Supervising Art Director


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Just finished The King, a modern interpretation of parts of Shakespeare's Henry IV and Henry V, seemingly targeted at millennials.

It's common knowledge that much of Shakespeare's Henry V is based on hearsay, yet his pre-battle speeches at Barfleur ('Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.') and Agincourt ('We band of brothers') have become the stuff of legend and remain the most stirring battle speeches of our time. In The King, Henry's pre-battle speech at Agincourt is neither stirring or inspirational due to being a watered-down, 21st-century, politically correct rendition, which I found hard to stomach.

The King portrays Henry (Hal) as a pacifist and reluctant leader, a fop to Catherine of Valois and I found Timothee Chalomet's (an American) performance as Hal to be too 21st century and not in the slightest bit convincing. In fact, he seemed reluctant to carry out any of the deeds that the real Henry V actually carried out.

The battle scenes were very realistic and the cinematography was superb, but...

This is yet another nod to the PC millennials, diluting and revising both Shakespeare and history into easily digestible snack bites for the sensitive of our era.


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