The King (2019) Review: 🌟 2.9 / 5.0 🌟 Weighing on heavy themes of corruption, male hegemony and the necessities of war, The King bolsters a different, somber interpretation of several Shakespearean plays held by a gripping performance from the almighty Chalamet. If only if it is more... stirring. Estranged from his father, King Henry IV, Prince Hal had little time to transition from being a care free drunkard into an unwilling king following his father’s untimely death. Gripping from beginning to end, Timothée Chalamet is definitely the actor of our times as he seamlessly carries the eponymous role struggling to bring peace in times of war. With political themes that's urgently relevant today, we observe the difficulties faced from the young king during the Hundred Year War with France. His trusted advisors are played well by Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris, providing a current edge to the classic tale. What could be an epic tale about war, betrayal and friendship ends up being a somber tale with a monotonous tone, ending in an anti-climactic battle that should have been the saving grace for the film. The casts do their best to shake the film from its doldrums, but the script offers much fury with no sound (ironically 😅). Yes, even Robert Pattinson's atrocious French accent injects some vibrancy into the somewhat dull narrative. However, abetted technically with impeccable cinematography and production design, some scenes are still a marvel to behold. So once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more... for another Henry V film adaptation. This is an enjoyable watch if you are keen on historical dramas and Shakespearean plays. It is definitely worth watching solely for Timothée’s performance alone. Long live The King!