Netflix’s latest period drama, The King may not have the best plot, but it certainly puts up quite the show
Backed by a stronghold cast delivering stellar performances in every scene, ‘The King’ successfully establishes itself as one of the best period dramas of 2019. A retelling of Shakespeare’s classic plays, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2 and Henry V. Timothee Chalamet takes on the role of rowdy prince who soon and unexpectedly takes on the throne.
Henry, who appears as a peace-loving new King, is soon thrown into a conflict with France, whose (King‘s) throne is questioned by the Church. While Henry is initially reluctant to stir any form of conflict, he finds himself questioning his judgment when the gift from France lacks in grandeur in comparison to other royal gifts.
Timothee is joined by a strong cast of Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson and Lily-Rose Depp. While Chalamet had made a name for himself through his performances in ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘Beautiful Boy’ and ‘Lady Bird’, Pattinson’s eccentric accent and Depp’s stellar 10-minute scene somewhat outshines him in the latter half of the movie.
While Lily-Rose Depp only appears in the last 25 minutes of the movie, her performance as Catherine questioning the reasoning behind Henry’s move against France turned tables in the direction of the movie.
Her performance despite a short one showcased her talent as a budding star in the film and also probably the only one with the most convincing French accent in the cast.
The King’s plot moves at a slow pace, with certain parts of the movie just involves Henry going back and forth, deciding whether to go to war or not to go, so the pace of the movie does falter at times. Regardless, with a strong material and performances to back up the material, The King manages to deliver poignant lines that seem to suit the cast members very well.
Catherine’s line seemed to have the most impact throughout the movie in which she says, “It would seem that you have no explanation for what you have done,” she says. “You have shed the blood of so many Christian souls, and, yet, before me now, all I see is a young and vain and foolish man so easily riled. So easily beguiled.”
This line changes the trajectory of the movie with Henry eventually figuring the real antagonist that had caused the havoc that took place throughout the movie.
Audiences are also bound to find Robert Pattinson as the Dauphin of France put up quite an amusing showcase of performance balancing the somewhat solemn tone of the movie.
Netflix’s period drama, The King is currently up for streaming. Even if you are not a fan of period dramas, this cast is bound to prove it otherwise.