The King Review: Seriously All Hail Timothée Chalamet!
I have literally seen The King 6 times now and with every watch, Timothée Chalamet gets perfect and more perfect. Seriously, what is there that man cannot do. Given his looks and his command on acting, it won’t be wrong to say that the 23-year-old actor is the best actor of his generation. And The King is a testament to that.
The King = Timothée Chalamet
Playing a king for a young actor is a challenge. Why? Because we as the audience are not used to seeing young kings. Take all the major historical movies. The Kings are always experienced actors. Also, when you hear kings being mentioned, you think of a person with power and experience. Not of a man who’s barely even twenty-five and he’s making decisions on severing ties with countries. However, this is exactly the man King Henry V was. He died young at the age of 35. Don’t worry I won’t get into more historical details, though I’d love that.
The King works because Timothée Chalamet is playing Henry V. I’m pretty sure if it had been another young actor portraying a historical figure, the movie would have become a laughing stock. But because of its Chalamet, the movie works. And it works splendidly. You might be thinking that I’m being biased, considering the fact that I love Timothée Chalamet beyond words, but trust me, I’m being very objective right now.
As I’ve mentioned, The King works because of Timothée Chalamet. He’s the king and his charisma is what keeps the movie-going. Even though the movie boasts of a very talented cast which includes likes of Robert Pattinson and Joel Edgerton, Chalamet’s performance is the only that’ll stay with you. Or perhaps, you’ll remember Robert Pattinson’s awful French accent. Pattinson is an amazing actor, apersonal favorite of mine, but that french accent ruined it for me.
Joel Edgerton has done a splendid job with what he’s given. However, I won’t say that his acting in The King is among one of his best works. It’s not even close. Lily Rose Depp was a wonder to watch, however, she’s easy to forget.
How Well Did David Michod Do?
Sometimes, the movie is so good that it’s not remembered because of the actors’ but also because of the director. Before The King had come out, I’d been thinking that this would be David Michod’s career-best. The King would be his reason for fame. However, when I did get to see the movie, even though I liked most parts of it, it would be wrong to say that the direction wasn’t weak.
There was so much that could’ve been done. War scenes and dramatic scenes were portrayed beautifully. But I don’t remember them because of the genius way they’re shot, but because of how the actors (Timothée Chalamet mostly) acted in that particular scene.
Should you Hail The King?
The King is a good watch. There’s no doubt in that. But I was rooting for this movie to be a contender for Oscars. Which I now think it won’t be. Hopefully, though, Chalamet should get his nomination because he does deserve it.
Keeping all that in mind, I have only thing to say. All hail Timothée Chalamet.
I’m giving The King 3.5 stars on a scale of 5.