It's not often that I watch a movie and walk away, not really feeling anything. The King was not a bad movie by any means, however, the hype around it made me expect more. I have two assignments due really soon, but for some reason, I decided to watch this film instead. I can stress about my grades later. I also wanted to get this out before I start the holiday films because this does not have any holiday spirit.
Timothee Chalamet portrays a young King Henry the 5th during and directly after his ascension to the throne. He must deal with the distance between himself and his father, learn who he can trust at court, and make difficult decisions regarding France.
There are parts of this films that I enjoyed. The acting was outstanding. Robert Pattinson was fantastically creepy and a brilliant antagonist. His accent was okay, and I think it helped that his character struggled a little to think of words in English and also enjoyed mocking the language which assisted in covering any little slips. Timothee Chalamet was good, particularly when his character was angry. The hair department really knew how to make him look the part. There has been a lot of hype about Lily-Rose Depp being in his film, but she was only around at the ending and didn't have the chance to really show off her acting abilities.
The fight scenes stood out to me. In most films or shows, battles or fights are often extremely stylised and choreographed to look cool and dramatic. In The King, none of these scenes were romanticised or glorified, instead choosing to showcase just how awkward and uncomfortable fighting under so much armour would be.
Now, I was not foolish enough to believe that this was going to be the most historically accurate film of all time, but I was expecting a little bit more than what I got. Henry the 5th was by no means the worst King in history, but this was a romanticised, Shakespearean take on history. I feel like I shouldn't have to say this, but Henry the 5th didn't travel to France to fight because he was sent a tennis ball.
I think this was kind of a boring story and this is coming from someone who typically adores historical films. It's a film of a decent length, and yet parts felt rushed or quickly glossed over, there was no middle ground. There also seemed to be an issue with the audio. There were entire scenes where I could barely hear the dialogue. This movie was over two hours long and the time was not taken to flesh out, really any, of the characters fully. It's tough to care about a story when you're not fully invested in what is happening to the characters.
The acting was great, the sets, costumes and battle choreography were fantastic, but that's pretty much it. I wish I could say more about it, but I've been attempting to write this for well over a week, but this film isn't remarkable enough to even write about in any real detail.