The King review – rogues’ gallery of grunters and brawlers

Timothée Chalamet makes for a slight royal alongside Robert Pattinson’s French dauphin in this bruising adaptation of Shakespeare’s history plays‘If it rains tonight, we fight tomorrow,” declares Timothée Chalamet, huddled with his fellow actors in the final act of The King, David Michôd’s sombre, bruising adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henriad.

Chalamet, the limpid star of Beautiful Boy and Call Me By Your Name, is playing Henry V.

Tomorrow it’s Agincourt, a do-or-die struggle.

No one wants to be the king who leads England to defeat, just as no one wants to be the lead actor whose presence derails a movie.All the same, one watches Chalamet’s performance here with a simmering unease, willing him on but wondering if he is entirely fit for the task.

The courtiers are wondering the same about Henry.

Nobody, it seems, wants fey, feckless Prince Hal to ascend to

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