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The King

Panorama | Vancity Theatre Screening

Written by director David Michôd and actor Joel Edgerton (who plays Falstaff), this revisits the tumultuous period in English history immortalized by William Shakespeare in his plays Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V. Timothée Chalamet is the young prince Hal, foisted onto the throne to confront the chaos of impending war with France (the Dauphin, memorably played by Robert Pattinson) and deep discord within his own country.

This is a bold, fiercely intelligent historical epic, vividly played by an outstanding cast.

"Timothée Chalemet, I predict, could be the biggest movie star of his generation. As he demonstrates in The King, he’s got it — not just the talent (though he’s a superb actor), but the ability to fix an audience with his stare, so that even when he’s doing nothing much at all, what he’s looking at or thinking about becomes the story the movie is telling." Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"Merits the sustained grandeur of a theatrical presentation… With its pummeling scenes of mud-and-blood combat, its majestic, nearly monochrome widescreen images and its beautifully broody Nicholas Britell score, this plainspoken but unfailingly intelligent adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henriad demands and ultimately earns your surrender." Justin Chang, LA Times

"A stirringly lucid drama that balances its muscular and contemplative sides with unerring judgment, harnessing quietly commanding performances to reflect on the vainglorious folly of power." David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter


Director David Michôd
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2019
Running Time: 133 mins
Format: DCP
Classification: 19+
Related Links: Trailer | Variety review
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Lily-Rose Depp, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Sean Harris

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