The King follows the story of Henry V and his uprising to the throne, after the untimely death of his father Henry IV, and younger brother Thomas. The movie deals with the ultimate power struggle and conflicted individuals that ruled during the time of monarchy ruling.
From the beginning of the film, we see the progression of Henry V’s character. Henry is a problematic monarch, he’s a drunk and a fool. His interest in reigning is zero, and throughout the movie he’s stripped from it anyway.
By the end of the movie, through a series of events including deception,; assassination attempts; death of family and friends; betrayal by his own; and even an all out war, we see Henry mature into the king that his father intended.
Henry becomes the character that he initially dreaded, the experiences of ruling a nation has burdened his soul into becoming morally corrupted; defying all his previous ethics and beliefs.
He becomes aware of the responsibilities and power that come with the crown, which are usually accompanied by pain and misery.
A beautiful blend of grim and feral shots are done throughout the movie, one of the best shots comes springing right at the start during the outcome of the battle between the ‘Scotts’ and English.
Throughout the movie we see vast, bleak and beautiful battlefields that have a large murky overtone and a perfect amount of grit and dirt to it; along with this there are some incredible shots and angles.
Even during one scene, during the final battle we see Joel Edgerton’s character being squished together with an aerial shot, this is very reminiscent to the Battle of the Bastards in Game Of Thrones.
The blend of contrasting colours doesn’t much happen until near the end, throughout most of the movie you see grey variations and mostly grim colours to the movie. Only during the final battle do we see much progression of the colours.
Although I did have some trouble with one individual character, the rest of the cast was spectacular in giving their performances.
Timothee Chalamet’s performance as Henry V, was very well perceived to me, he managed to grasp some intensity, along with that he’s brought a well drunkard prince persona. There was a particular scene that struck out to me, it was a small scene with Joel Edgerton, Timothee is emotional and drunk and manages to portray a distraught and broken individual after killing a man in a 1v1 battle. Along with that his speech’s performance was incredible too.
Joel Edgerton’s performance as Falstaff is incredible, he manages to bring out a conflicted and complex individual who lusts the victory of war, but also is traumatised by the ghosts of his past battles. But the character understands and helps Henry V regardless, out of loyalty.
Robert Pattinson’s performance as a menacing monster from France is a somewhat blend of unique but also bland characteristics. As an arrogant and cunning person, he plays the part really well; allowing Henry to shine as a better person.
The only thing that stood in the way of his performance was the French accent, I’m not saying it was bad but it seemed very forced and non-authentic.
Currently, the music is something that didn’t give me much ‘paroxysm’; however, i’ve only seen it once and was with others which didn’t allow me much to hear the music. Although, the trailer did give some promising and enchanting sounds, especially the music from the first trailer.
Throughout some of the movie, the score started to sound similar to Reigns of Castamere but it also did have its own unique choir driven pieces.
Overall, The King, is spectacle and a beautiful masterpiece of our times; it ranks a high place on my shelf of 2019’s list of best movies, and possibly for the past half-decade.
It’s a unique and definitive screenplay that picks on monarchy, vileness of warfare, betrayal of the crown, power and responsibility and even friendships during an era of destruction and chaos.
Let us know, what you thought about The King.