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Hal (Timothée Chalamet), wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne, has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people. But when his tyrannical father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life - including his relationship with his closest friend and mentor, the ageing alcoholic knight, John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton). Directed by David Michôd and co-written by Michôd and Edgerton, THE KING co-stars Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, and Lily-Rose Depp.

Cast

  • Robert Pattinson
  • Timothée Chalamet
  • Tara Fitzgerald
  • Ben Mendelsohn
  • Joel Edgerton
  • Lily-Rose Depp
  • Thomasin McKenzie
  • Sean Harris
  • Dean-Charles Chapman
  • Tom Glynn-Carney

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  • By coincidence, Timothée Chalamet's real middle name is also Hal: Timothée Hal Chalamet.
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Metacritic

40
Oct 2, 2019

This Hal can only mumble resentfully in one language. It’s the language of “serious” male cinema in the year 2019, where seething resentment gives forth to bursts of violence. In deciding to speak this language instead of Shakespeare’s, Michôd has taken two of the Bard’s immortal geniuses, the drunkard Falstaff and his protégé, the Prince, and shrunk them down to the size of everyday people.

Metacritic review by Isaac Butler
Isaac Butler
Slate
80
Sep 3, 2019

This is a large-canvas treatment both epic and intimate in scale.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
40
Sep 3, 2019

Michôd’s film is a determinedly solemn and violent affair, which makes a sober political point at the end – but not before it has treated us to two hours of bleakly realistic historical reconstruction and some lugubrious drama.

Metacritic review by Jonathan Romney
Jonathan Romney
Screen International