Review in Brief: The King (2019)

There’s a fine balance between under-acting and over-acting and THE KING doesn’t always manage to strike it. They cram every hot English-speaking character actor in there somewhere, with Joel Edgerton as a tragicomic Falstaff, Ben Mendelsohn a mad king, Sean Harris essentially playing a royal vizier, surely the role he was born for, and Timothee Chalemet is the reliable rock the whole thing is built around. Then there’s Robert Pattinson, usually the best thing in whatever he’s in who for some reason decided to turn up as LeStat doing a Monty Python accent. This is rough and brutal and dirty as all medieval epics should be, with the Battle of Agincourt turning into horror movie-meets-lethal-mud-wrestling-contest. Early on it also feels strangely 1990s, struggling to pick a tone for the portion of the film before Hal is crowned, but once it hits its stride, it really hits its stride. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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