‘The King’ Review

The King Review

Yasmin Vizguerra, Editor

 Netflix’s new movie release which captivated fans since the trailer dropped, was finally released on November 1. 

      This fictitious historical depiction of the reign of young Henry V during the 15th century is based on the Shakesperian play “Henriad.” 

     Director and co-writer of the film, David Michod, surprises audiences with his skill after his best-known films “Animal Kingdom,” and “The Rover.” 

       The film features a great list of actors such as the upcoming star that has captivated audiences from his stellar award-winning performances in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call me by your name” and “Ladybird,” Timothee Chalamet. 

       “If I’m being honest, I didn’t really enjoy it, I only watched it for Timothee Chalamey,” said Madeline Gierzynski (‘20).

      Chalamet plays King Henry while Robert Pattinson plays the rival Dauphin of France. Joel Edgerton takes on the role of Falstaff, King Henry’s wingman, as well as being a co-writer along with Michod.

     The historical drama depicts the war and treachery young King Henry V had to endure after the death of his father. 

     The film features Shakespearian dialogue retelling the short-lived reign of King Henry V after his succession to the throne. 

      The film, though based on Shakespeare’s play, barely scrapes the surface of what Shakespeare wrote.

      Michod takes advantage of the reality of telling the true story of the monarch, Chalamet in the movie recognizing himself as a fraud who had to pretend to be the nation’s all-mighty ruler by his royal decree.

      The real King Henry V was estranged from his father and it is told through the movie before his father’s death, King IV who was addicted to war while his son, Hal, was the opposite, calling his father a “monster.” 

      Michod captures the gloomy-ness of the story from the beginning when young Hal is crowned King Henry V when the Dauphin sends him a ball, a provocation that he is still a boy and will not serve well. Hal, however, ignores the treachery to avoid a senseless war with France.

      War in the film is not glamorized at all, shown in the scene before the Battle of Agincourt, Chalamet gives a speech that is quite the opposite of Mel Gibson’s speech in “Braveheart.” 

      Too many films set in medieval times turn out to be less exciting and more of a drag but “The King” doesn’t with Chalamet playing the monarch, even in the glory of victory from being tamed as a young boy, to never to be defeated. 

      “I wouldn’t normally watch a movie like this but I really enjoyed it,” said Briana Reagan (‘20).

      The movie is a must-watch for those who enjoy historical dramas and a strong performance from the actors.