Released November 1st on Netflix, The King is a new take on Shakespeare’s Henriad. Although, one would be forgiven for the immense tonal differences between the two, as screenwriter Joel Edgerton, who also performs as Falstaff in the film, decided it was best to pen the tale in a far more brooding, horrific image. Some might find this a stretch from the source material, if not also a historical departure on multiple fronts, and beg the question, “What’s the point of all this?”
But, dare I say it, I think that’s the point. So, join me as we talk about David Michôd’s latest film, The King!
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The King is Rated R for some strong violence, and language.
It features Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, and Robert Pattinson.
Directed by David Michôd.
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Melvin Benson is the founder, editor, and lead host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!