Timothée Chalamet and Robert Pattinson come to blows in the new production Netflix.
Rising star of the cinema whose talent has been revealed in the drama Call Me By Your Name, Timothée Chalamet is showing the production Netflix The King, available now on the platform. He plays King Henry V, who became king of England despite any form of reluctance and rejection of the crown. Hal, this is how he is called by his friends, made the choice of a simpler life and in town, where parties, alcohol, and women meet. His debauchery thus makes his reputation, and his father judges him incapable of reigning, preferring to give the throne to his younger brother, himself eager to prove himself worthy of this choice. Nevertheless, as always, fate gets involved and Hal ends up with the heavy responsibility on his shoulders. He is the new king of England.
The young monarch will gradually tame his new role and gain confidence, thanks to his two allies John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton) and William (Sean Harris). He will have to face the implacable severity of the war, whether in his own court or on the battlefield against the French. Perceived as an incompetent, Henry V must also fight against his own reputation, while attempting to become the king he would have liked his father to be. This inner storm is very well interpreted by Timothée Chalamet, easily transmitting the tortured aspect of the character. It becomes surprising during one of the speeches of Hal, where it appears inhabited of rage and a faultless abnegation. It is regrettable, however, that this force did not inhabit the rest of his performance. Faced with the charisma of some secondary characters, it sometimes seems outdated.
Among these notable secondary performances, we find notably those of Tom Glynn-Carney in the role of a rebel. It shows a physicality and a conviction that gives importance to the brief appearance of his character. Joel Edgerton is also remembered as John Falstaff, who, in addition to being the light touch of humor in the film, gradually becomes the father figure Hal seems to be in dire need of. Above all, we note the performance of Robert Pattinson, who plays a dolphin condescending to wish, gratifying us with a memorable French accent. His performance is without a doubt one of the film’s assets.
It’s not because of the qualities of his casting, nor the obvious work on his photography that the King sometimes has trouble convincing. If the film remains very pleasant and visually sought, its story is weighed down by its rhythm. The introduction, between the presentation of Hal and his coronation, turns in circles, to conclude on the arrival a little too fast of the new king. The editing of different scenes can not bring the dynamism necessary to keep our attention, if not during the very last hour of the film, and the slowness is felt. We must still note a brilliant staging of the sequences of war. Immersive, she reports the suffocation and the weight of the fighting on the troops and the young sovereign. Between drama, plots, and war, The King tells the rise of a young monarch destined for anything but the throne, but sometimes sins by his lack of epic.