Timothée Chalamet is one of the many young actors who still prevails today. Since “Lady Bird” and his most notable work in “Call Me by Your Name” to “Beautiful Boy”, he is one of the most enthralling actors. He is also one of the assets of Hollywood. On the other side, here is David Michôd who directed “Animal Kingdom”, “The Rover” and “War Machine”, Netflix’s original movie. In this new yet Netflix’s original film, both of them bring us into a medieval image a la Shakespeare with “Game of Thrones” alike. Although this isn’t one of my anticipated films this year, “The King” doesn’t quite fulfill my expectations. As Chalamet plays a real person, King Henry V of England in 1413, I just wonder how he can pull off as best as possible in this film. Maybe it’s also because people were more curious about the bowl haircut.
Chalamet’s King Henry V, Hal, wasn’t a disciplined young man but was devoted to his tyranny father. He is just a young kid who wants to achieve freedom in their way without having to enter politics and war. His mentor, Falstaff (Joel Edgerton), visits him every day but also keeps on mentioning that he doesn’t have to be like this. He just didn’t know when he would have to occupy his father’s throne after long knowing that his father was seriously ill. King Henry IV still holds such power despite his illness. But, it’s time for Hal to not be a rebellious kid anymore but he must achieve peace in his way and improve what his father has done.
“The King” is about Hal to seek and to express his political views by not having to make lives lost. Chalamet’s Hal is responsible for everything he has done and is responsible for the people around him. He not only has a unique haircut but he knows what he had to deal with. He is cold, sharp through his eyes. Hal has a thick yet smooth Shakespearean accent. He just didn’t know who he had to deal with besides Robert Pattinson’s Dauphin of France whatsoever. Then, he tried to question existentialists from the standpoint of the current situation. Does he have to do what his father always did or not?
He isn’t only doubtful about his surroundings yet also doubtful about the position and choice he has to choose and will choose. He has no friends but he has enemies and followers from behind. Most of the characters don’t participate much on the screen other than Chalamet’s Hal. Tomasin McKenzie’s Philippa of England appears for just a moment. There is Lily-Rose Depp’s Catherine of Valois as Dauphin’s sister who has different arguments to her brother and her father too. Although most of the time the movie doesn’t know where it ends or where it goes, the characters were just a playground where they didn’t know when they stopped. Even the final fight at the end of the movie between Pattinson and Chalamet is quite funny yet ridiculous. And an added point for wacky performance for Pattinson as well.
This movie shines with its style because of its cinematography. But, this isn’t a kind of movie where you want to find a beautiful shot or else. Most of the shot also reminds me of “Barry Lyndon” and “Braveheart”. On an empty green land where there are only two camps ready to attack; both films are somewhat similar to each other. For an original Netflix movie and a decent biopic, this movie is beautiful. The lighting, the hue, the shadow, and the production are kind of neat. The war scenes are impressive too but not a movie you would watch it again. “The King” comes with a lot of expectations and hype but don’t expect too much from the theme.
3.5 out of 5 stars.