The King (2019)

140 mins
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Timothée Chalamet is King Henry V in this medieval drama based on several Shakespeare plays, adapted for the screen by... More

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The King (2019) | Ratings & Reviews

"Powerful, moody, dark and technically brilliant, a stand-out cast (featuring a potentially superstar-making turn from Chalamet), and a tight script with an ever-relevant, anti-warmongering message, The King is a dynamite cinematic treat which deserves to be seen on the widest screen possible."


"This is Michod's finest film since his outstanding Animal Kingdom debut and a movie that, if it's available at a cinema near you, deserves to be seen on a big screen."


"Chalamet and especially Pattinson do their best to energize and contemporize Aussie director David Michôd's amalgam of Shakespeare's Prince Hal history plays without all that, you know, Shakespeare poetry and purpose."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"Adam Arkapaw's sombre, mellow cinematography is simply splendid and all elements of the production, notably the costumes designed by Fiona Crombie and Jane Petrie, are flawless. There's also a great music score by Nicholas Britell."

The AustralianThe Australian

"It looks to Shakespeare for its basic cues before taking off with a few imaginative flourishes. Most notably it gives Falstaff a new lease of life."

Sydney Morning HeraldSydney Morning Herald

"What Michôd never manages to make clear is what we are to make of this version's nationalism, its glorification of war, its ambivalence toward corrupting power and its selective, finally misguided attempt to brush off Shakespeare."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"Chalamet does robust work, straightening his lanky posture as he goes, rising up into the role like a man ascendant."

Vanity FairVanity Fair

"A meaty piece of historical drama, it mixes power plays, canny twists and brutal, widescreen medieval battles with a refreshing lack of deference for the Shakespeare plays on which it's loosely based."

Time OutTime Out

"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 and "the doleful weight of war.""

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Too many movies set in this period end up as action films in medieval drag. The excitement of "The King" is that Michôd lays out the consequences of combat with gruesome precision, demythologising the battle."


"The King deepens and darkens, and gathers momentum, to the point where one finally becomes drawn into the drama."

The GuardianThe Guardian

The King (2019) | Details

R13, Strong violence & offensive language
Drama, True Story & Biography
Country of origin
Australia, USA

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